French nuclear testing at Moruroa
Since 1966, France has used the atoll of Moruroa as the place of 178 nuclear testings, both in the atmosphere and under sea level. Moruroa is located roughly in the middle of the South Pacific and consists of a coral atoll perched on the submerged tip of a 6000 meter-high underwater volcano which has been extinct for millions of years.
In 1960, France conducted its first test in the atmosphere in Algeria. France's nuclear testing program was shifted to Moruroa in 1966 following the closure of its Saharan experimental centre. This move was due to the granting of full independence to Algeri…
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