Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lost Ice Nuke

A United States B-52 aircraft with four nuclear bombs aboard crashed in Greenland in 1968. The nuclear bombs were unarmed and did not detonate, instead three broke into pieces in the crash, requiring extensive cleanup. The fourth bomb was never found and is thought to have to gone through the ice to the ocean floor. Some cleanup workers have claimed health problems resulting from the spill and have litigation pending. Villagers have also complained of health problems and changes in the wildlife.

Regarding concerns over a lost nuclear bomb, government scientists gave the somewhat unsatisfying explanation that if they couldn't find it, no one else could.

(image credit: B-52, USAF, from the BBC)