The controversial underground nuclear blast on Amchitka Island off the Alaskan mainland has been initially rated as a success by the U.
CU Television monitoring screen at control centre on Amchitka, shows test site.
CU People listen to radio in bar on nearby island
CU Blast effect as seen on monitor screen.
AERIAL V Explosion effect
LV Television screens in control room shaking from blast effect
CU Scientists watch screen.
SV ZOOM TO CU Screen shows water disturbance
AERIAL V Ground cracks caused by explosion, and crater in which bomb was buried.
LV Damaged recording trailers
SV Scientists walking over crack in ground.
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Background: The controversial underground nuclear blast on Amchitka Island off the Alaskan mainland has been initially rated as a success by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Although the Island shook during the five-megaton explosion on Saturday (November 6), damage was slight--and the earthquake and tidal wave predicted by some anti-bomb groups failed to materialise. This film, shot on the island and on a nearby island where residents listened to a radio commentary on the blast, covers the explosion and its immediate aftermath.
SYNOPSIS: Amchitka Island...moment before Saturday's underground nuclear explosion test, heard on a radio programme by nearby island residents. Back on Amchitka, the blast affects as seen from the island's control room 22 miles from the test sits.
Another view was picked up by an overhead camera aircraft. The five-megaton blast caused little damage, as expected by scientists; but it did rock the island--and the control centre on it.
There was some water disturbance around the island, but the earthquake and tidal wave predicted by some anti-bomb groups failed to materialise, Buildings directly above the bomb--buried six thousand feet underground--were damaged, and recording trailers two thousand yards away were tilted. The equipment inside was undamaged, however, and scientists who landed on the test site moments after the blast said they found no trace of radiation leaks. United States Atomic Energy Commission officials rated the test an initial success. There was no comment from the anti-bomb groups who failed in a court bid to have the blast halted.