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    Totem T1

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    Date: 21:30 UTC 14/10/1953 | Type: Tower @31m | Yield: 9.1Kt

    Totem T1 was the first shot of operation Totem and the second ever British test shot. The series was intended to develop greater knowledge after the initial test (Hurricane) which was rushed and poorly instrumented. Plutonium with a much higher Pu-240 content (and thus lower cost) was now being produced by the Calder Hall power reactors and needed to be evaluated. The explosion was more powerful than expected with fallout badly contaminating the areas of Wallatinna and Welbourn Hill. The cloud reached an altitude of 3000m.

    Published on: 2007-04-11 (9766 reads)

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