Extreme tourism: the last nuclear test sites
• Adventure Tourism: nuclear test sites last
atomic age began July 16, 1945: the date of reference is considered to be the first successful test of a nuclear bomb, which took place in the New Mexico desert in the Manhattan Project. Less than a month later, the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were dropped. Since then, until the signing of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1996, more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions occurred on remote islands, atolls and desert areas around the world.
The vast majority of these attacks occurred in the United States and the Soviet Union: the superpowers were preparing for a war for survival. Before you place that could very well be amiss to chronicle this sad story - access curious tourists here is now open.
Socorro, New Mexico
July 16, 1945 deep in the deserts of New Mexico, was born the atomic age. Trinity was the code for The Gadget device detonation - a nuclear bomb similar to the one that was dropped on Nagasaki. The military had no idea how much power the device will show: a demonstration of force to get really impressive.
Islands and atolls in the South Pacific have been used for over a hundred tests of US nuclear weapons. In the late 1970s, the US government decided for a clean up: built around a polygon concrete dome is now visible even from space. Being here is still not recommended, but the tourists are ready to sacrifice their health for the sake of a rare picture.
In the period from 1949 to 1989, the Soviet Union conducted 456 nuclear tests here. Semipalatinsk, long considered the city closed, now there is present an infected ulcer on the body of the planet. The area that will be affected nuclear tests, more than 18,000 square kilometers: there before still inhabited.
The New Earth
Remote area of the New Earth appeared the Soviet government an ideal place for testing "dirty" weapons. Here, in 1961, it held the world's largest nuclear explosion of so-called "King of Bombs". Most of the island is still a military base, but to the southern tip of the archipelago, sometimes harass and cruise ships
The Atomic City
In 1955, a series of 14 nuclear test explosions, known as "Operation Maker", was held on the territory of the Nevada desert. The military wanted to see what effect the distant explosion on the real town - it is specially built.
Located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, this small island in Micronesia was supposed to be the epitome of paradise on Earth. Its inhabitants were forcibly relocated, when the United States took possession of the islands in 1946 and over the next 12 years, got rid of 23 nuclear charge on this piece of paradise, making it uninhabitable to this day.