Castle Bravo


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Castle Bravo

The code name for an atmospheric detonation of a 15-megaton thermonuclear device; survivors suffered radiation sickness.
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In the worst radiological disaster in US history, the Castle Bravo nuclear accident on March 1, 1954, inflicted radioactive contamination on the inhabitants of nearby atolls.
DeBrum was 9, out fishing with his grandfather, on March 1, 1954, when the Castle Bravo blast - all 15 megatons of it, the largest US nuclear test ever - was detonated on Bikini Atoll.
The United States detonated a dry-fuel hydrogen bomb, code named Castle Bravo, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands; the explosive yield of 15 megatons, much greater than expected, dropped radioactive fallout on occupied islands hundreds of miles away.
The 1953 Castle Bravo test, America's largest detonation, (2) had set the pattern.