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    Date: 10:00 UTC 01/05/1962 | Type: Underground @-?m | Yield: 40kt

    Béryl was a test of a prototype AN-11 bomb. Fired as part of a series of 13 underground nuclear tests conducted at In Ecker between 1961 and 1966 in the Algerian Sahara. A spiral shaped tunnel drilled into the mountain for the shot, designed to self-seal before any material could reach the surface. This system failed and 5-10% of the explosion's radioactive products escaped in the form of lava, aerosols and gases which formed a cloud which reached 2600m and spread 150km downwind. Several hundred personnel including two government ministers were exposed to the contamination as well as an unknown number of Algerians.

    Published on: 2007-10-30 (12351 reads)

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