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    X-Ray |Sandstone|

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    Date: 18:17 UTC 14/04/1948 | Type: Tower @70m | Yield: 37 Kt

    X-Ray proof-tested a new design, replacing the contiguous tamper-core approach with a " levitated" core in which the core was suspended within a larger hollow space within the tamper so that a gap existed between them. The collision between the tamper and core created more efficient compression of the core than the explosive-driven shock in the watime design. X-Ray used a composite plutonium/uranium core and was the most powerfull weapon test to date. The sucess of X-Ray Sandstone caused the cancellation of the fourth shot which probably contained a solid pit. The unpopulated islands west of the explosion were heavily contaminated; Enjebi was closed off to all personnel eleven days after the shot. The fireball lasted for 20 seconds. 50 seconds after the explosion the blast wave reached the ground observers. When the cloud reached an altitude of 12,000 meters and ice cap was seen to form. The cloud reached a maximum altitude of 9 kilometers 12 to 13 minutes after the explosion.

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