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"Only as Dust in the Face of the Wind": An Analysis of the BRAVO Nuclear Incident in the Pacific, 1954

"Only as Dust in the Face of the Wind": An Analysis of the BRAVO Nuclear Incident in the Pacific,... "Only as Dust in the Face of the Wind": A n Analysis of the BRAVO Nuclear Incident in the Pacific, 1954 M a r t h a Smith-Norris University of Saskatchewan On the morning of 1 March 1954, the United States detonated a ther- monuclear weapon n a m e d BRAVO at its p r o v i n g g r o u n d s on the Bi- kini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.' Within one m i n u t e , this bomb p r o d u c e d a huge fireball, created a massive crater in the coral reef, a n d stripped the nearby islands of all vegetation. The energy released by the explosion was equivalent to 15 million tons of TNT.2 BRAVO is significant to the history of American-East Asian rela- tions for a n u m b e r of reasons. First, it was the largest thermonuclear test ever carried out by the United States.3 One t h o u s a n d times more The author would like to thank Robert Accinelli, Ronald Pruessen, Jim Miller, Robert Malcolmson, Patrick Smith, a n d Robert Norris http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

"Only as Dust in the Face of the Wind": An Analysis of the BRAVO Nuclear Incident in the Pacific, 1954

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Brill
Copyright
© 1997 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1058-3947
eISSN
1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/187656197X00109
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"Only as Dust in the Face of the Wind": A n Analysis of the BRAVO Nuclear Incident in the Pacific, 1954 M a r t h a Smith-Norris University of Saskatchewan On the morning of 1 March 1954, the United States detonated a ther- monuclear weapon n a m e d BRAVO at its p r o v i n g g r o u n d s on the Bi- kini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.' Within one m i n u t e , this bomb p r o d u c e d a huge fireball, created a massive crater in the coral reef, a n d stripped the nearby islands of all vegetation. The energy released by the explosion was equivalent to 15 million tons of TNT.2 BRAVO is significant to the history of American-East Asian rela- tions for a n u m b e r of reasons. First, it was the largest thermonuclear test ever carried out by the United States.3 One t h o u s a n d times more The author would like to thank Robert Accinelli, Ronald Pruessen, Jim Miller, Robert Malcolmson, Patrick Smith, a n d Robert Norris

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Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1997

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