• Short Summary

    France triggered a second nuclear blast over its test site in the South Pacific on Sunday (29 July) just after 2300 GMT.

  • Description

    France triggered a second nuclear blast over its test site in the South Pacific on Sunday (29 July) just after 2300 GMT.

    The first report of the second explosion came from the New Zealand frigate Canterbury, sailing near the test site. The size of the blast wasn't known on Sunday, and France made no statement about the bomb. It was exploded in bright sunshine exactly one week since the first bomb in the controversial 1973 French test programme.

    Meanwhile, film of the first nuclear explosion over the Mururoa Atoll has just become available. The black and white film was shot from the bridge of the New Zealand frigate Otago, cruising close to the test area. Within a few minutes of the blast, the cloud began to form. It could be seen clearly on the horizon above Mururoa, rising through a layer of cumulous cloud, and billowing out into a perfect mushroom.

    Five minutes after the explosion, the cloud was perfectly round, and two minutes after that, it began to break up. Within 10 minutes of the blast it looked like any other cloud in the sky except for its strong pink blush. The second of the blast wasn't heard aboard the Otago, and nothing was felt.

    Commander Alan Tyrrell, Captain of the Otago, gave his initial reaction soon after the blast. He said it was 'puny' compared with those at the British tests in the late 1950's at Christmas Island.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAHTK4VVP88GNJ50FRNSEH36MN
    Media URN:
    VLVAHTK4VVP88GNJ50FRNSEH36MN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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