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"America's Largest Nuclear Test Exposed Thousands" [Jul. 27th, 2003|10:14 am]
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I was reading a Project Censored book from 2000 and found this information. I found it pretty shocking and thought I should share it:
"Thirty years ago, Amchitka, which sits at the midway point on the great arc of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, was the site of three large underground nuclear tests, including the most powerful nuclear explosion ever detonated by the United States. Despite claims by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the Pentagon that the test sites would safely contain the radiation released by the blasts for thousands of years, independent research by Greenpeace and newly released documents from the Department of Energy (DOE) show that the Amchitka tests began to leak almost immediately.
"Thousands of Amchitka laborers and Aleuts were, however, living on nearby islands. Highly radioactive elements and gases poured out of the collapsed test shafts, leached into the ground water, and worked their way into ponds, creeks, and the Bering Sea. Dozens of people have died of radiation-linked cancers.
"The immediate ecological damage from the blast was staggering. The blast ruptured the crust of the Earth, sucking a creek into a brand-new aquifer, a radioactive one...despite these alarming findings, the government never returned to Adak to conduct follow-up medical studies."

From: treepatter
2003-07-28 02:51 am (UTC)
Yes, those books are a wealth of information that "they"
would prefer we not know. I buy the Project Censored book every year to support them and what they do.
I know this might sound weird, but sometimes i think i can feel the earth's sadness from the amount of destruction we've inflicted upon her. It happens a lot when i'm listening to music.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2003-07-28 07:24 pm (UTC)
It doesn't sound weird at all--I have always felt that sadness, although I didn't know what it was until a few years ago. I'm glad to hear that someone else does too.
Yeah, from now on I'll buy the Project Censored books too--they're great. Thanks for giving those two to me.
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