Mururoa Atomic Bomb test site in danger of collapsing
French Nuclear Test Site Mururoa Atoll in Danger of Collapse Report kept secret for 2 years By Raiatea Tahana-Reese Epoch Times , 10 Aug 12, The French government, since 2010, has kept secret that Mururoa Atoll, the site of French nuclear testing in the Pacific, is in danger of collapsing, according to Mururoa e Tatou (MET), the Nuclear Association in French Polynesia.
MET President Roland Oldham told ABC’s Radio Australia Pacific Beat program that the issue was detailed in a leaked report from the French Ministry of Defence and should have been made public long ago.
Mr Oldham said if the atoll were to collapse, radioactive material would be released into the Pacific Ocean, and could cause a 15-metre tsunami. “Just in that little area, there is over maybe 12 underground tests in that area, and we have to remember that France have done
altogether 193 nuclear test explosions in Mururoa,” he told Pacific Beat.
“In the soil of Mururoa, if something happens there are about 150 holes containing very dangerous radioactivity.”
MET, an organization working to secure restitution for victims of
French nuclear testing in Tahiti, has been trying to raise the issue
with the French government and public, Mr Oldham said…. the leaked
report, Mr Oldham says, makes no mention of radioactivity.
“In this report we got not too long ago, they’re not even talking
about radioactivity,” he told Pacific Beat. “The way they present it,
it’s like it’s not very dangerous.”
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In a video recorded last month with Breaking the Nuclear Chain, Mr
Oldham was cited as saying that Mururoa and other atolls were the site
of atomic explosions up to 170 times stronger than that used in the
bombing of Hiroshima.
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