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Recollections of nuke tests at Johnston still burn bright


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 25, 2014

~~<p class="p1">In 1958 the skies of Hawaii were lit up on several occasions by nuclear tests at Johnston Island, 700 miles away. The first explosion, on Aug. 1, 1958, was clearly visible around 1 a.m. in the territory of Hawaii. The Star-Bulletin reported that &quot;islanders who were up at that time saw a bright flash of light to the southwest, followed by a reddish fireball.&quot;</p>
<p class="p1">Even though Gov. William Quinn and military officials had warned us in advance of the test, the public greeted it with &quot;a mild wave of panic,&quot; the paper reported.</p>
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In 1958 the skies of Hawaii were lit up on several occasions by nuclear tests at Johnston Island, 700 miles away. The first explosion, on Aug. 1, 1958, was clearly visible around 1 a.m. in the territory of Hawaii. The Star-Bulletin reported that "islanders who were up at that time saw a bright flash of light to the southwest, followed by a reddish fireball."

Even though Gov. William Quinn and military officials had warned us in advance of the test, the public greeted it with "a mild wave of panic," the paper reported. Login for more...



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