1950s-1970s: Nuclear Bomb Tests Chris May 14, 2011 1950-1959, Science & technology 15 CommentsFavourited 2015 times Add to favourites ‘Images from the first 30 years of nuclear testing’ - The Atlantic 15 Responses Tracy Moavero May 14, 2011 Thanks for sharing these photos. If anyone if wondering, yes, many people who were on ships or near above-ground tests did become sick and die. I’ve worked with people who lived on Pacific islands or downwind of the Nevada tests, and they have heartwrenching stories of communities devastated by cancer. Kids in the Marshall Islands played in radioactive fallout as if it were snow. Island women gave birth to “jellyfish babies” who barely looked human and who died right after birth. If you want to learn more, look for “downwinders” and “atomic veterans” online. Above ground testing was banned in the 60s. While the US has had a moratorium on underground nuclear testing in place, it has still not ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Reply David May 14, 2011 The fast exposures are down to Harold ‘doc’ Edgerton and his rapatronic camera. Reply CharlesH. May 16, 2011 Looking at the pictures of the Trinity test make me wonder if anyone outside and far away from the test area noticed what was going on. Reply Dave Whyte May 25, 2011 The British Government are still denying there was any radiation from these bombs. When I asked for radiation levels at ground zero after detonation of atomic bomb Pennant in August 1958 I was told it was 1R. Pity the radiation levels reached for the bombs in these excellent photographs are not shown. No doubt they are not available for security reasons. I wonder what the authorities are still hiding? Reply Jinx September 17, 2011 I knew a fellow in the late 80′s, a Navy veteran who had been on the Atoll then. He told me how all the scientists had protective gear on, but all the sailors were bare chested, getting a lovely tan. He would go to the VA hospital, and every few years they would pull one of his teeth to check how much radioactivity was in his body. My grandfather’s DD214 shows that he was stationed on Bikini Atoll starting in November of 1945. He was a Naval photographer, and I always wonder when I see photos like these if he took any of them. Amazing shots of an amazing time. Reply Mike December 27, 2011 Was the Sedan Crater used in the movie “Mulholland Falls (1996)??” Reply Michael February 26, 2012 These are some of the scariest pictures I have ever seen. May God be with us. Reply eva September 26, 2012 scary indeed. god has nothing to do with it. may mankind not do it again. Reply Serra March 15, 2012 these are not the work of a deity, just us humans. To me, these are the defining images for 20th Century humanity. Lets hope they do not wind up defining the 21st Century as well. Reply mario March 16, 2012 so much trouble in the world Reply Stanley H. Jackson Jr June 15, 2012 I am now 77 yrs old and served with Fox 2-5 USMC as one of the many hundreds of us who 55 yrs ago was in one of the 6′trench when Diablo was detonated July 1957. I was curious to see how many of us are still living and what illnesses or effects it may have had on them over the years. WOW what a ride that was. Jackie Reply Mike July 29, 2012 Okay, let’s admit it: “We’ll Meet Again” is playing in your head when you look at these photos. Thank you, Stanley Kubrick. Reply char September 23, 2012 Wow. We are fortunate these ‘tests’ did not annihilate all of us. Many westerns were filmed out in the deserts nearby some of these tests and I believe probably caused the deaths of a number of movie crews/stars. I wonder what the cancer rate in the towns surrounding these testing areas was? Unbelievable that no one calculated the magnitude of risks involved. Kind of like the HAARP experiment going on in Alaska now. They want to send some kind of mega sound waves out into the atmosphere just to see what will happen-and if you are into conspiracy theories-control the weather, etc. Reply Gene October 9, 2012 There were serious proposals (in the 1950′s) to use atomic bombs as excavation tools. It was calculated that a sea=level Panama Canal could be built using atomic explosives, within 5 years. Good thing it wasn’t done. Reply man and van in morden January 5, 2013 Well done partner thats terrific Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.