Nuclear incidents in the 1950s

Excerpts below from the Nuclear Files Org.

13 February 1950
U.S.A., Pacific Ocean- A B-36 which developed serious mechanical difficulties on a simulated combat mission, dropped a nuclear weapon from 8,000 ft. over the Pacific Ocean before crashing.

Luckily only the weapon’s explosive material detonated.

Nothing is known of attempts to recover the nuclear weapon and presumably it is still in the ocean.

(The Defence Monitor Vol.X No.5 1981 Washington D.C. “The National Times” 15th March 1981)

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1959: San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.A.

“Radioactive genes were slowly and deliberately released into the air after a serious accident in a reactor just north of the populous San Fernando Valley.”

(Sources “From under the Rug” F.O.E. La Trobe University Vic.)

Soviet Spy Klaus Fuchs

In addition to providing Gold with secrets on the American atomic project, Fuchs also passed detailed information about the hydrogen bomb to the Soviet Union. Some experts estimate that Fuchs’ intelligence enabled the Soviets to develop and test their own atomic bomb one to two years earlier than otherwise expected.

Read more here: https://www.atomicheritage.org/profile/klaus-fuchs