• Short Summary

    FRANCE'S FUTURE H-BOMB TEST SITES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN ARE RAPIDLY TAKING SHAPE. RECENTLY?

  • Description

    FRANCE'S FUTURE H-BOMB TEST SITES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN ARE RAPIDLY TAKING SHAPE. RECENTLY A GROUP OF NEWSMEN WERE ALLOWED TO VISIT THE TWO ATOLLS OF MORUROA AND FANGATAUFA, ABOUT 1250 KILOMETRES (780 MILES) SOUTHEAST OF TAHITI. THERE THEY SAW GIANT BLOCKHOUSES ABOUT 2,000 MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AND PERSONNEL ARE ALREADY BASED.

    THE CORAL ATOLL OF MORUROA IS ABOUT 25 KILOMETRES (15 MILES) LONG. THERE WILL BE TWO TESTS SITES HERE - AND ONE ON THE NEIGHBOURING STOLL OF FANGATAUFA, ABOUT 40 KILOMETRES (25 MILES) AWAY.

    ALREADY ABOUT 100,000 TONS OF EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN LANDED ON THE TWO ISLANDS. BLOCKHOUSES SET AT EACH END OF MORUROA MARK THE TWO TEST SITES THERE. THE BLOCKHOUSE - WHICH HOUSE MEASURING INSTRUMENTS - ARE BUILT ABOUT A MILE (KILOMETRE) FROM THE TERMINAL POINT. THE FIRST BLOCKHOUSE - CALLED "DINDON" (TURKEY) IS ALMOST FINISHED. IT IS MADE OF CONCRETE MORE THAN 9 METRES THICK (30 FEET) AND RISES MORE THAN 15 METRES (50 FEET) ABOVE THE SURROUNDING PALM GROVES.

    ANOTHER CONCRETE FORTRESS HAS BEEN BUILT ABOUT A MILE FROM EACH OF THE EXPLOSION SITE BLOCKHOUSES. THERE ARE KNOWN AS COMMAND POST BLOCKHOUSES. AT THE TIME OF THE TEST EXPLOSIONS ONLY THREE MEN WILL REMAIN ON MORUROA - AND THEY WILL BE IN THE COMMAND POST BLOCKHOUSE. THEY WILL RECEIVE THEIR ORDERS FROM A CRUISER OFF THE ISLANDS.

    TWO THOUSAND MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AND PERSONNEL ARE ALREADY BASED ON THE ISLANDS - AND LOCAL POLYNESIAN WORKERS HAVE BEEN RECRUITED TO BUILD THE BLOCKADE AND THE AIR STRIPS.

    NO DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE TESTS WHICH HAVE BEEN OPPOSED BY THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT. IN A NOTE TO THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT TWO YEARS AGO, SHORTLY AFTER FRANCE REVEALED PLANS TO SET UP TESTING SITE IN THE PACIFIC, THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE POTENTIAL DANGER TO HEALTH AND FOOD SUPPLIES THE TESTS MIGHT BRING TO NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. NEW ZEALAND IS 4180 KILOMETRES (2650 MILES) FROM MORUROA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5XIWEVXDXSNH7XO6CE1MMEZY0
    Media URN:
    VLVA5XIWEVXDXSNH7XO6CE1MMEZY0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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