“Castle Bravo” Testing

In March 1, 1954, the United States tested out their newly designed weapon of a hydrogen bomb in the “Castle Bravo” test. However, the results ended up into a nuclear accident because scientists underestimated the explosive’s output causing millions of people and nature to be affected by it. The weapon spread out high levels of radiation contaminating the inhabitants nearby the explosion. The radiation might have also contaminated the fishes that the Japanese fishing boat, Daigo Fukuryu Maru was carrying. The radiation caused radiation burns, birth defects, and increased cancer rates.

If this weapon that the U.S. had tested was carefully calculated to figure out the amount of radiation it would produce and how far the radiation would yield, then the inhabitants wouldn’t have been affected with radiation burns or birth defects. It wouldn’t have also affected the Japanese food supply that Daigo Fukuryu Maru was carrying. However, the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 (PTBT) wouldn’t have been created, which banned all test explosions of nuclear weapons except underground testing. This treaty slowed down the nuclear arms race, and there was less radiation released into the Earth’s atmosphere. If this treaty wasn’t created because of the “Castle Bravo” test, then everyone would all have been affected by radiation causing the people to have a higher risk of having cancer and birth defects. I probably wouldn’t be alive today because of the massive radiation in the atmosphere might have affected my parents or my family.

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