Some Geomagnetic Phenomena associated with Nuclear Explosions

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THE three International Geophysical Year stations operated in the central Pacific by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have consistently recorded magnetic disturbances following, and apparently caused by, the various nuclear tests conducted by the British in the vicinity of Christmas Island. This fact is particularly interesting because, unlike the American bomb which was exploded in the ionosphere over Johnston Island on August 1, 1958, producing auroral and magnetic effects over a large area of the Pacific1, the British tests are believed to have occurred at relatively low altitudes in the lower atmosphere.

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    Cullington, A. L., Nature, 182, 1365 (1958).

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    Elliot, H., and Quenby, J. J., Nature, 183, 810 (1959).

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MASON, R., VITOUSEK, M. Some Geomagnetic Phenomena associated with Nuclear Explosions. Nature 184, BA52–BA54 (1959) doi:10.1038/184052a0b

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