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About Nuclear Weapons

On July 16, 1945 the first experimental atomic bomb was exploded at the site known as Trinity at Alamogordo, New Mexico in the desert called Jornada del Muerto (Journey of Death) .

The United States was the first country to develop nuclear weapons, and is the only country to have used them in warfare, with the separate bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II. Before and during the Cold War it conducted over a thousand nuclear tests and developed many long-range weapon delivery systems.[4]

Until November 1962, the vast majority of the U.S. tests were above-ground; after the acceptance of the Partial Test Ban Treaty all testing was regulated underground, in order to prevent the dispersion of nuclear fallout. Between 1940 and 1996, the U.S. spent at least $8.63 trillion in present day terms[5] on nuclear weapons development.[6] As of February 2006, over $1.2 billion in compensation was paid to U.S. citizens exposed to nuclear hazards as a result of the U.S. nuclear weapons program, and by 1998 at least $759 million was paid to the Marshallese Islanders in compensation for their exposure to U.S. nuclear testing.[7][8]

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How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability: The burst-height compensating super-fuze, by Hans M. Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie and Theodore A. Postol, March 1, 2017, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.Save

 

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Ground Zero Center's member-in-residence Elizabeth Murray was interviewed by Love (and Revolution) Radio's Sherri Mitchell and Rivera Sun. Listen to the August 16, 2016 podcast: Peace Delegations or Saber-rattling? Exploring Russian-American Relations with Former CIA Intelligence Officer Elizabeth Murray.

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David Hall, MD has been a leader in Physicians for Social Responsibility nuclear abolition campaign for over 30 years. Dr. Hall has produced an up-to-date Nuclear weapons self-study video with the intention of not only helping people learn about nuclear weapons, but also inspiring people to join the movement to abolish these horrific devices that threaten humanity with annihilation. We hope hope it deepens your understanding of the subject and motivates you to get involved. And please share it with others; we need a massive citizen-led movement to bring enough pressure to bear on our government to lead the way to a nuclear weapon-free world.

Contact us at info@gzcenter.org if you need additional resources or want to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Ground Zero Center stewardship council co-chair talks about the largest concentration of nuclear weapons in the Western Hemisphere.

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Ground Zero Center activist Glen Milner describes the concentration of nuclear weapons during Boats by Bangor.

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Editor's Note: The following articles and interviews are listed in chronological order (most recent articles first):

How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability: The burst-height compensating super-fuze, by Hans M. Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie and Theodore A. Postol, March 1, 2017, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Massive deployment of US WMD spotlighted by peace group, by Martha Baskin on August 09, 2016 in RootsAction

Massive Deployment of US WMD Spotlighted by Peace Group, AUGUST 3, 2016, By MARTHA BASKIN, in CounterPunch.

Puget Sound Is Home to the Biggest Nuclear Stockpile in the World, Monday, 01 August 2016, By Martha Baskin, Crosscut | News Analysis

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Fight against nuclear arms far from over, By Jerry Large / Columnist, The Seattle Times, July 31, 2016

Reminder: Puget Sound has a ton of nuclear weapons,  Tuesday, July 26, 2016, by Martha Baskin, at Crosscut.com.

Largest concentration of deployed nukes in the US - activists in Puget Sound run new campaign to alert public, Audio story by Martha Baskin, from Green Acre Radio, released July 26, 2012

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: HANS KRISTENSEN, Nuclear weapons information vital to debate in Washington State, July 26, 2016, Plowshares Fund website, by Will Lowry

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The peace boat Golden Rule sails into a new era of nuclear activism, 25 July 2016, By Dawn Stover, at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

goodsoapboxbannerRemember When Nukes Were a Problem? (They Still Are), Leonard Eiger interviewed by Cindy Sheehan on CINDY SHEEHAN’S SOAPBOX (Soapbox Podcast 7/24/2016).

Navy Builds Underground Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility; Seattle Busses Carry Warningby Hans M. Kristensen, published on June 27, 2016 in the Federation of American Scientists Strategic Security Blog.

Obama’s Hiroshima visit has a unique Northwest link, by Glen Milner, in Crosscut.com, Thursday, May 26, 2016

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For a complete list of links to other organizations involved in nuclear disarmament as well as educational links, go to The Nuclear Abolitionist.