Nuclear Testing in New Mexico

April 2002
Monkeyshines on America;Apr2002 New Mexico Issue, p27
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The first atomic bomb ever exploded by the United States was at Trinity Site, 97 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the South Central part of the state on what is now the White Sands Missile Range. The test occurred on July 16, 1945 and was a success. The success of this test sealed the fate of the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, who were subsequently bombed on August 6 and 9, 1945. New Mexico's vast areas of nonpopulation made this a good site for underground explosions of these massive and deadly weapons.


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