While ban-the-bomb demonstrators paraded in the streets of Achorage, Alaska, this week, final preparations were taking place for an underground nuclear explosion on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.
While ban-the-bomb demonstrators paraded in the streets of Achorage, Alaska, this week, final preparations were taking place for an underground nuclear explosion on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians. Among the protests was a boat-load of demonstrators sailing from Anchorage to Amchitka, at the tip of the Alaskan Peninsula. They planned to anchor off the island in a bid to halt the five-megaton blast -- expected to take place within the next few weeks. This film shows coverage of the mainland demonstrations intercut with film from Amchitka, and includes a sequence shot in 1969 showing the effects of an earlier nuclear explosion.
SYNOPSIS: Demonstrator in Anchorage, Alaska, paraded through the streets this week in protest at a planned underground nuclear explosion on an island at the tip of the Alaska Peninsula. The five-megaton blast -- that's equal to five million tons of TNT -- will take place on Amchitka Island, one of the Aleutians, during the next few weeks.
On Amchitka, the Atomic Energy Commission was this week making final preparations for the blast -- latest in a series of explosions there in the past few years. The weather was to be the decisive factor in the date of detonation, and an official said a few more weeks delay caused by weather conditions could force cancellation as winter sets in......
.....and this film, taken during a 1969 one-megaton explosion, shows what could happen to the Island.....
These are some of the Island's wild inhabitants....whose lives, according to demonstrators, will be threatened by the planned blast. Atomic Energy Commission officials deny it...wildlife will not be affected, they said this week. But while one anti-bomb group lost a court bid to have the blast halted, another was sailing to the Island and planned to anchor there in a bid to halt the blast. But on the Island, workers prepared to leave for safety....the test, said officials, was going to take place regardless.