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    Despite being assured by Atomic scientists that there is no danger to be expected from the underground nuclear test due in the afraid and anxious about it.

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    Despite being assured by Atomic scientists that there is no danger to be expected from the underground nuclear test due in the afraid and anxious about it.

    This will be the second nuclear blast in three years at Amchitka Island, and it will be five times as big as the last one.

    And on the second day of the informal hearings on the possible environmental effects of the proposed blast, leading American scientist Jeremy Stone said at Anchorage, Alaska on the 29th. May that it was unnecessary, and designed for a weapon no longer considered for deployment.

    Dr. Stone described the detonation as a warhead test for the high-yield Spartan missile, a 1967 rocket designed to intercept any incoming missiles from the People's Republic of China and destroy them outside the atmosphere.

    He said the Nixon administration has reviewed the A.B.M. programme, renamed it Safeguard, and shifted its primary purpose to defence against a Soviet attack.

    The high-yield test was no necessary, he said, because defence against Soviet attacks must concentrate on interception within the atmosphere, and therefore must utilise lower yield warheads which could be tested in Nevada.

    In earlier testimony, experts appearing for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, which is holding the hearings and will conduct the test, said that it was also unlikely that the blast could result in a large natural earthquake in the Aleutians.

    The following were the local Aleutian people's complaints against the proposed test:-
    SYNOPSIS: N. B. A voice-over commentary is supplied with this film. Please hold down sound to 44 ft. 13.4 metres if the following commentary is read.

    A year and a half ago the U.S.Atomic Energy Commission set off a nuclear bomb underground on this island. It was a small bomb, about one megaton, and it did very little damage to the land or animals here.

    Now the A.E.C. is planning another underground test for Amchitka, this fall. It will be five times larger than the last one. Atomic scientists say there is little to fear from the coming test, but the people who live nearby or on other islands are not convinced. They are afraid of destruction and death.

    In the scattered Aleutian villages, there are prayers being made that the tests will be stopped.

    This is Unalaska, a fishing and fish-processing village in the Aleutians. It may well be the oldest settlement in Alaska. This building goes back to 1825.

    It is a poor village, most of the inhabitants are native aleutians. They aren't scientific, but they don't believe the A.E.C. when it says that it's highly unlikely the test could cause an earthquake, or tidal wave.

    People still fear that this and other unknown dangers may be in store for them as a result of the test.

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