NUPI satellite study of the northern underground nuclear test area on Novaya Zemlya

a summary report of preliminary results by Johnny Skorve

Publisher: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo

Written in English
Published: Pages: 51 Downloads: 222
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Places:

  • Russia (Federation),
  • Novai͡a︡ Zemli͡a︡.,
  • Novai͡a︡ Zemli͡a︡

Subjects:

  • Norsk utenrikspolitisk institutt.,
  • Nuclear weapons -- Testing -- Detection -- Russia (Federation) -- Novai͡a︡ Zemli͡a︡.,
  • Underground nuclear explosions -- Detection -- Russia (Federation) -- Novai͡a︡ Zemli͡a︡.,
  • Nuclear weapons -- Russia (Federation) -- Novai͡a︡ Zemli͡a︡ -- Testing -- Remote sensing.,
  • Underground nuclear explosions -- Russia (Federation) -- Novai͡a︡ Zemli͡a︡ -- Remote sensing.

Edition Notes

StatementJohnny Skorve, John Kristen Skogan.
SeriesResearch report / Norwegian Institute of International Affairs,, no. 164, Forskningsrapport (Norsk utenrikspolitisk institutt) ;, nr. 164.
ContributionsSkogan, John Kristen.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsUA12.5 .S56 1992
The Physical Object
Pagination51 p. :
Number of Pages51
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL743572M
LC Control Number97136202

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NUPI satellite study of the northern underground nuclear test area on Novaya Zemlya by Johnny Skorve Download PDF EPUB FB2

During the first NUPI study of the Novaya Zemlya underground nuclear test site in –92, much information was generated. This relates both to facilities and testing activities.

One of the most important discoveries made was the enormous catastrophic rockslide caused by an underground test. In recent years, new information has become available also from Russian sources.

This study focuses on a set of extremely powerful underground nuclear tests con- ducted at Novaya Zemlya test site in the former Soviet Union, between and These tests culminated in Septemberwith the most powerful underground test ever detonated, with a yield of megatons or about times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb.

A Norwegian study of the effects of Soviet nuclear testing on the Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya is currently underway. The study, using aerial photographs and satellite images, and has revealed major rockslides and crater features that are most probably attributable to underground by: 2. At UT on 14 October an underground nuclear test was conducted at the Matochkin Shar region in Novaya Zemlya.

Three devices were detonated in two tunnels with a total yield of kt: one device yielding between 20 and kt along with one device yielding between and kt in tunnel A-7, at a depth of meters; and one device.

In the northern island was the explosion site of Tsar Bomba, a record megaton blast conducted in the atmosphere. Inthe Limited Test Ban Treaty outlawing most atmospheric nuclear tests was implemented. However, underground testing continued, with the largest underground test at Novaya Zemlya taking place on Septem Kazakhstan, and the North Test Site, located on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, were recently published as well as a monograph devoted to the peaceful underground nuclear.

Boundaries of the testing subareas of the Novaya Zemlya Test Site (NZTS). A, B, and C denote three main areas (zones) of military activity: A = Guba (Bay) Chernaya. Six nuclear explosions.

Luckily Novaya Zemlya is remote, a crescent-shaped island group above the Arctic Circle between the Kara and Barents seas. Some nuclear tests were. “The NUPI Satellite Study of the Northern Underground Nuclear T est Area on Novaya Zemlya,” pp.

; Sykes, Deng, and L yubomirskiy, “Accurate Location of Nuclear Explosions at Azgir. Skorve and J. Skogan, “The NUPI Satellite Study of the Northern Underground Nuclear Test Area on Novaya Zemlya,” Report NNorwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI. The only still-existing test area is Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic.

Sources in Rosatom say to Nezavisimaya Gazetait is possible that so-called subcritical nuclear experiments will be resumed to check if the weapons still are safe. A study of Novaya Zemlya’s topography by John Matzko, Physical environment of the underground nuclear test site on Novaya Zemlya, Russia, revealed that at least one test site had severe leakage due to cracks in the rock formations.

There have been indications that several tests caused a significant amount of leakage. Map of Chukotka region. The Novaya Zemlya test site was officially established by a decree on 31 July Until the Limited Test Ban Treaty, Novaya Zemlya was the more important Soviet test site, accounting for 91 ofthe tests through Novaya Zemlya is an archipelago inthe.

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Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. Oslo: Norwegian Institute. A study of Novaya Zemlya’s topography by John Matzko, Physical environment of the underground nuclear test site on Novaya Zemlya, Russia, revealed that at least one test site had severe leakage due to cracks in the rock formations.

There have been indications that several tests caused a significant amount of leakage. Skorve, Johnny. Megaton Nuclear Underground Tests and Catastrophic Events on Novaya Zemlya: A Satellite Study.

Oslo, Norway: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Skorve, Johnny, and John Kristen Skogan. The NUPI Satellite Study of the Northern Underground Nuclear Test Area on Novaya Zemlya.

This covers about km2 of both sides of the Matochkin Shar strait, and the northern Novaya Zemlya underground nuclear test site is on the right (south) side of the Strait. The green colour indicates the thin vegetation in the lowest parts of the landscape, especially in the coastal area and in the the floors of the valleys.

The largest nuclear weapon ever tested was the "Tsar Bomba" of the Soviet Union at Novaya Zemlya on Octowith an estimated yield of around 50 megatons. Inmany (but not all) nuclear and many non-nuclear states signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, pledging to refrain from testing nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, underwater.

Nuclear Russia. Nuclear test imminent on Novaya Zemlya. The Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy denied rumours about planned nuclear testing at Novaya Zemlya test site in the Arctic.

However, Minatom officials confirmed earlier reports on Russia’s plan to perform subcritical tests later this autumn. The southern end of Novaya Zemlya has been the location for a number of underwater, tower and rocket drop tests of nuclear weapons.

Rogachevo Air Base is also located in the area, the launch area for a couple of nuclear-tipped missiles targeted north on Sukhoy Nos.

The underground nuclear test site, located along the Matochkin Shar strait that divides Novaya Zemlya into two main islands, is the only former Soviet nuclear test site that is presently declared under the Threshold Test Ban Treaty (TTBT).

An underground site on the southern part of the islands was deactivated in   In total, nuclear tests were conducted here between andincluding underground and atmospheric explosions. Altogether, the number of nuclear. On 23 Octoberthe Soviets conducted nuclear test # over Novaya Zemlya.

Test # used a megaton nuclear bomb. A bomb of this size would incinerate everything within square miles while causing third-degree burns in an area of 1, square miles. No footage or photographs of this nuclear test have been released.

Castle Yankee. U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R. More Notable Events on September Israel launches 1st satellite, for secret military reconnaissance 1st underground nuclear explosion at Las Vegas, Nevada U.N.

reject membership of China's People Republic New Zealand is 1st country to grant all its women the right. No nuclear test committed at Novaya Zemlya Published on Septem by Thomas Nilsen It was the concervative newspaper Washington Times which on August 28 speculated that there might have been a nuclear bomb test at the Russian test site at Novaya Zemlya on August Nuclear weapons testing is the act of experimentally and deliberately firing one or more nuclear devices in a controlled manner pursuant to a military, scientific or technological goal.

This has been done on test sites on land or waters owned, controlled or leased from the owners by one of the eight nuclear nations: the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France, China, India.

For well-coupled nuclear explosions at the main Russian test site at Novaya Zemlya, magnitude = + B log Y (where Y is yield in kilotons) 3. B is about for explosions larger than 1 kt and results from larger explosions being detonated at increasingly greater depth to ensure containment.

Surface and body wave magnitudes are determined for 15 U.S.S.R. underground nuclear weapons tests conducted at Novaya Zemlya between and and are used to estimate yields.

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This spectacular photo shows the test of a nuclear torpedo detonated today in by the Soviet Union at Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago above the Arctic Circle. The weapon sent a massive debris cloud erupting into the atmosphere, which you can see in a video here. It was one of seven tests the Soviets conducted that year, and they and the.The Nevada National Security Site (N2S2 or NNSS), known as the Nevada Test Site (NTS) until Augis a United States Department of Energy (DoE) reservation located in southeastern Nye County, Nevada, about 65 miles ( km) northwest of the city of Las ly known as the Nevada Proving Grounds, the site was established on Janu for the testing of nuclear .Johnny Skorve has written: 'The NUPI satellite study of the northern underground nuclear test area on Novaya Zemlya' -- subject(s): Detection, Norsk utenrikspolitisk institutt, Nuclear weapons.