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A test nuclear explosion codenamed "Baker", part of Operation Crossroads, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, on July The 40 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated by the U. at a depth of 27 meters below the ocean surface, miles from the atoll.

During 1946 nuclear weapon tests in the Pacific, animals were put on ships in the blast area. Goat #119, behind plate armour inside a gun turret, died from the radiation in 4 days. Goat #53, out on deck, died in 2. Pig #311 was found swimming around and was brought back to the zoo in Washington.

A test nuclear explosion codenamed "Baker", part of Operation Crossroads, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, on July The 40 kiloton atomic bomb was detonated by the U. at a depth of 27 meters below the ocean surface, miles from the atoll.

Navy diver shares experience photographing Operation Crossroads: the 1946 A-bomb tests in the Marshall Islands. Read more here.

Navy diver shares experience photographing Operation Crossroads: the 1946 A-bomb tests in the Marshall Islands.

Operation Crossroads was the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in 1947. It was designed to show the effect of A-bombs on ships & live animals. 95 ships were used incl. 2 aircraft carriers, 4 battleships & other ships. This foto is from the "Baker" test. It was shown that ships are hard to sink at any distance, but radiation would kill everyone within a few days. 42,000 people worked the test: their lives were shortened. Over 75 bombs were dropped in 10 years: it is uninhabitable…

As part of a series of US nuclear weapon tests known as Operation Crossroads in a nuke called Baker was blasted at about 90 feet underwater at Bikini Atoll and caused a tidal wave that reached over 2 miles high.

A Washington Post article from March 21, 1946, discussing Schultz and Morrison’s work with Operation Crossroads. Clipping from Smithsonian Institution Archives.

A Washington Post article from March discussing Schultz and Morrison’s work with Operation Crossroads. Clipping from Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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World's first underwater nuclear explosion

U.S. military observers watch the explosion during Operation Crossroads Baker, a nuclear test conducted on Bikini Atoll on July 25, 1946. This was the fifth nuclear explosion ever, after two other tests and the two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

military observers watch the explosion during Operation Crossroads Baker, a nuclear test conducted on Bikini Atoll on July This was the fifth nuclear explosion ever, after two other tests and the two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Atomic Cake, served at a reception for Operation Crossroads (Bikini Atoll) on Nov 6, 1946. The photo so outraged Reverend Arthur Powell Davies, of Washington's All Souls Church, that he condemned it in a fiery sermon, which in turn set off an international media furor.

The ATOM CAKE. Navy Vice Admiral William H. Blandy, his wife, and Rear Admiral Frank J. Lowry cut a cake made in the shape of a mushroom cloud at a reception for Operation Crossroads (November

Admiral Blandy and his wife cut an Operation Crossroads mushroom cloud cake

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This cake was served at a Washington party November 1946 to celebrate the success of the atomic testing program and the disbanding of the Joint Army-Navy Task Force Number One which organized and oversaw the first postwar atomic test in the Pacific

Mushroom cloud with ships evaporating below during ‘Operation Crossroads’ nuclear weapons test on Bikini Atoll, July 1946

Mushroom cloud with ships evaporating below during shot Baker of Operation Crossroads nuclear weapons test at Bikini Atoll, July 1946

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