Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nuclear Nightmares

   As a child growing up in the Fifties, I, like everyone else, lived with the fear that at any moment, the sirens would go off and nuclear bombs would start falling. As I sat huddled in the school basement with my fellow students during one of our many air raid drills, I tried to imagine what an actual attack would be like. Our only visual image was the mushroom cloud, which came to be the symbol of nuclear war. In case you've forgotten, here are some examples of the over one thousand nuclear tests in the Fifties and Sixties.

Atomic cloud over Hiroshima

Nagasaki bomb

Atomic Test Dominic-Truckee, 210-kt - June 9, 1962, Marshall Islands

Hydrogen Bomb Toroidal Cloud

Grable Test 1953

Eniwetok - Army Postcard

Hardtack II Socorro

Ivy King Test

Mohawk Test Mushroom Cloud

Licorne Test

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. Bomb Test, July 1946

Redwing Apache Test

Upshot-Knothole atomic test

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