Detection and Identification of Underground Nuclear Explosions

Brown, Harold
March 1960
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Mar1960, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p89
The article discusses the current status of the seismic techniques for detecting and identifying nuclear explosions. According to the author, in the present state of knowledge there seems to be no way of saying definitely from seismic considerations alone that an event is an explosion. It does appear possible to key out some events definitely as earthquakes from their seismic characteristics. As a result of some half-dozen underground nuclear explosions implemented at the Nevada Test Site, data exist from which some conclusions can be drawn.


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