On this day in 1957, the United States conducted its first underground nuclear test when it detonated a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The 1360 square mile site was established in 1951 for the testing of nuclear devices.
In the 41 years between 1951 when the US started nuclear bomb testing, and 1992 when the last nuclear test took place, how many nuclear devices were detonated at the Nevada Test Site?
The Nevada Test Site was the primary testing location of American nuclear devices from 1951 to 1992. During the 1950s, the mushroom clouds from atmospheric tests could be seen for almost 100 miles. The city of Las Vegas experienced noticeable seismic effects, and the distant mushroom clouds, which could be seen from the downtown hotels, became tourist attractions.
928 announced nuclear tests occurred there. Of those, 828 were underground. Sixty-two of the underground tests included multiple, simultaneous nuclear detonations, adding 93 detonations and bringing the total number of NTS nuclear detonations to 1,021, of which 921 were underground.
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