• Short Summary

    THE SOVIET UNION CONDUCTED ITS SEVENTH NUCLEAR TEST WITHIN A FORTNIGHT ON SEPT 12, THE YIELD WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF SEVERAL MILLION TONS OF TNT, AND CAUSED A FURTHER RISE IN RADIO-ACTIVE FALL-OUT IN THE ATMOSPHERE - AND AN EVEN GREATER THREAT TO WORLD HEALTH.

  • Description

    THE SOVIET UNION CONDUCTED ITS SEVENTH NUCLEAR TEST WITHIN A FORTNIGHT ON SEPT 12, THE YIELD WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF SEVERAL MILLION TONS OF TNT, AND CAUSED A FURTHER RISE IN RADIO-ACTIVE FALL-OUT IN THE ATMOSPHERE - AND AN EVEN GREATER THREAT TO WORLD HEALTH.

    AT THE ATOMIC FALL-OUT RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT AT WANTAGE, UK - FILMED SEPT 12 - BRITISH SCIENTISTS WERE BUSILY ENGAGED IN CHECKING THE EFFECTS OF THE DREADED STRONTIUM 90 ON SOIL, HERBAGE, FARM ANIMALS, MILD AND OTHER FOODSTUFFS. THEY MONITOR RADIO-ACTIVITY FOR 24 HOURS A DAY - CAREFULLY DESIGNED CONTROL DEVICES PREVENT HEALTH HAZARDS TO THE STAFF.

    SAID TO BE THE FIRST OF ITS SIZE AND KIND IN THE WORLD, THE PLANT, WITH AN AREA OF 10,000 SQUARE FEET, WAS PUT INTO SERVICE IN JUNE, 1960.

    THERE IS SIMILAR ACTIVITY AT HARWELL'S ATOMIC RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT WHERE SAMPLES OF RAINFALL AND DUST IN THE AIR HAVE BEEN TAKEN AND MEASURED EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. RUSSIAN TESTS OF THE PAST FEW DAYS HAVE NOT YIELDED ANYTHING EXTRAORDINARY.

    ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTS, SOMETIMES GELDER COUNTERS, SOMETIMES MACHINES CALLED SPECTOMETRES, DELICATELY MEASURE THE MINUTE QUANTITIES OF DUST AND DEBRIS TAKEN FROM THE AIR AND RECORD HOW MUCH RADIOACTIVITY THEY CONTAIN. FROM THE MEASUREMENTS THE SCIENTISTS PLOT THEIR GRAPHS.

    DANGEROUS RESULTS FROM THESE ATOMIC TESTS MAY LAST FOR MANY YEARS, BUT THE FIRST WARNING OF WHAT THEY HAVE PRODUCED WILL COME FROM THE BUILDINGS WHERE THE SAMPLES ARE TAKEN AT HARWELL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA56ARJWGDQGIN7OJWZ35GEYQ74
    Media URN:
    VLVA56ARJWGDQGIN7OJWZ35GEYQ74
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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