Operation Cue atom bomb test, 1955

Operation Cue atom bomb test, 1955

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Caption: Operation Cue atom bomb test. Image 2 of 2. Mannequin in the living room of a wood-frame house destroyed by an atom bomb explosion. This structure was located 1675 metres from the blast. During an atomic explosion, non-thermal radiation (gamma rays) is followed by a thermal pulse and then a blast wave. This test took place on 5 May 1955, at the Nevada Test Site, USA, as part of Operation Cue. This operation, supervised by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, included experiments like these, to test the effect of an atom bomb on civilian areas. For the room and mannequin before the atomic explosion, see image C028/4088.

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