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50 Years Later, The Tragedy of Nuclear Tests in Nevada


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50 Years Later, The Tragedy of Nuclear Tests in Nevada

Norman Solomon

As golden anniversaries go, it's a somber occasion. In a forlorn expanse of desert scarcely an hour's drive northwest of Las Vegas, on Jan. 27, 1951, the Nevada Test Site went into operation by exploding an atomic bomb.

During more than a decade, mushroom clouds often rose toward the sky. Winds routinely carried radioactive fallout to communities in Utah, Nevada and northern Arizona. Meanwhile, news media dutifully conveyed U.S. Atomic Energy Commission announcements to downwind residents: "There is no danger."


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I would be interested to find online a map of Nevada, Utah, and Northern Arizona showing average levels of radioactivity so that people buying real estate would have some notion what their exposure will be. If anyone knows of such a graphic, please post a link to it? Thanks.