• Short Summary

    HAWAII...50TH STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE PACIFIC ISLAND HOME OF MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE, A THOUSAND MILES FROM THE "FRONT LINE" OF THE CURRENT SERIES OF AMERICAN NUCLEAR TESTS AROUND THE BRITISH CONTROLLED CHRISTMAS ISLAND.

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    HAWAII...50TH STATE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE PACIFIC ISLAND HOME OF MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE, A THOUSAND MILES FROM THE "FRONT LINE" OF THE CURRENT SERIES OF AMERICAN NUCLEAR TESTS AROUND THE BRITISH CONTROLLED CHRISTMAS ISLAND. SINCE AMERICA RESUMED NUCLEAR TEST IN THE ATMOSPHERE IN APRIL 25 SCIENTISTS AND HEALTH OFFICIAL HAVE KEPT A SPECIAL WATCH IN HAWAII FOR RADIATION CAUSED BY NUCLEAR FALL OUT FROM THE FIRST TWO TEST EXPLOSIONS BOTH IN THE INTERMEDIATE RANGE WHICH MEANS AN EXPLOSIVE FORCE OF BETWEEN 20,000 AND 1,000 TON OF TNT.

    BETWEEN 20 AND 30 TEST EXPLOSIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CARRIED OUT EVERY TWO TO THREE DAYS AT VARYING ALTITUDES.

    LATER THIS SUMMER THE AMERICAN WILL TEST A NUCLEAR DEVICE WHICH HAS BEEN PROMISED AS THE "GREATEST FIREWORK SHOW IN HISTORY". A ROCKET FROM JOHNSTON ISLAND IN THE PACIFIC WILL SOAR 500 MILES INTO SPACE AND EXPLODE AN H-BOMB THERE. THE BALL OF FIRE WILL BE CLEARLY VISIBLE AT HAWAII, A THOUSAND MILES AWAY, AND A FAR OFF AS LOS ANGLES IN AMERICA,MORE THAN 3,000 MILES AWAY. SCIENTISTS EXPECT THERE TO BE A CURTAIN OF COLOURED LIGHTS IN THE SKY BUT THEY SAY THIS WILL NOT HARM PEOPLE. BUT IT MAY DO STRANGE THINGS TO THE EARTH'S SURROUNDINGS AND RADIO LINKS ACROSS THE PACIFIC WILL BE OUT OF ACTION FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

    ALSO UNDER INVESTIGATION WILL BE THE THEORY THAT SUCH EXPLOSIONS MIGHT NEUTRALISE THE WARHEADS OF INCOMING ENEMY ROCKETS. THE DATE OF THE TEST WILL BE ANNOUNCED TO THE WORLD, SAY THE AMERICAN AUTHORITIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5AK210U29D18FKTZNI46AXQV5
    Media URN:
    VLVA5AK210U29D18FKTZNI46AXQV5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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