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


    looks like it’s underwater

    Tiggle Bitties

    google Ivy Baker for an Underwater test shot. This one was before we moved our testing out to the middle of the Pacific.

    Alec Dalek

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


    Everything went better than expected.


    Looks pretty short and stout to me.