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Major A-Test Set for Thursday in Nevada

July 16, 1986|Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A major nuclear weapons test, the 14th announced blast since the Soviet Union began a unilateral test ban last August, has been scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday in the Nevada desert.

The test will have an explosive yield of up to 150,000 tons of TNT, nearly 12 times the force of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

The blast, code-named Cybar, will be detonated in a shaft 2,100 feet deep at Pahute Mesa, 102 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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