“A nuclear bomb detonation site”
A nuclear bomb was detonated below this spot on October 26, 1963 at 10:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time. 12.5 Kilotons – equivalent to the energy released by the detonation of 12,500 tons of TNT high explosive or about 80% of the energy of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan Purpose: The Shoal event was part of the VELA UNIFORM program. It was intended to produce a better understanding of the seismic (earth movement) detection of underground nuclear explosions. This seismically active region was chosen due in part to its unique seismic characteristics which were unavailable at the Nevada Test Site
It might not look like much more than a granite marker, but some pretty wild stuff went on below the Earth's surface here. Project Shoal was an underground nuclear test that occurred in 1963, and was meant to test how an underground nuclear detonation would effect seismic activity in an actively seismic spot. Pretty weird!
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