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Published on Oct 31, 2007
0800038 - The Amchitka Program - 1970 - 24:11 - Color - This video discusses the MILROW nuclear test, a seismic calibration test to determine whether larger nuclear tests could be conducted on Amchitka Island, Alaska. The approximately one megaton MILROW device, buried 4000 feet underground, was detonated on October 2, 1969.
The video shows scenic views of the Amchitka Island and discusses its participation in World War II activities and in a previous nuclear test - LONG SHOT. Footage also shows preparations and activities before, during, and after the MILROW test, including environmental protection studies and activities conducted by Atomic Energy Commission, Department of the Interior, and State of Alaska personnel. Surface effects during and after the test detonation are shown, including the surface subsidence crater.
The three underground nuclear tests conducted on Amchitka Island, Alaska, were as follows:
LONG SHOT, October 29, 1965, shaft, Vela Uniform Project, approximately 80 kilotons MILROW October 2, 1969, shaft, weapons related, approximately 1 megaton (Mt) CANNIKIN, November 6, 1971, shaft, weapons related, less than 5 Mt