Operation Teapot 1954

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Teapot was authorized by President Eisenhower on 30 August 1954. This series of fourteen shots proof tested a broad variety of fission devices with low to moderate yields.
Teapot released some 24,500 kilocuries of radioiodine (I-131) into the atmosphere (for comparison, Trinity released about 3200 kilocuries of radioiodine). This produced total civilian radiation exposures amounting to 41 million person-rads of thyroid tissue exposure (about 11% of all exposure due to continental nuclear tests). This can be expected to eventually cause about 13,000 cases of thyroid cancer, leading to some 650 deaths.

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    6 Responses to Operation Teapot 1954

    1. They should’ve hid in their lead-lined refrigerators.


    2. looks like it’s underwater


    3. Sometimes I think the U.S. Government are the true terrorists.


    4. Everything went better than expected.


    5. Looks pretty short and stout to me.


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