October 1, 1986 |
A powerful nuclear weapon was detonated in the Nevada desert Tuesday, 40 miles from where about 450 physicians and peace activists gathered in protest. The protesters, including astronomer-author Carl Sagan and 1985 Nobel Peace laureate Bernard Lown, head of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, arrived at the gates of the Nevada Test Site shortly before the weapon was triggered 2,000 feet beneath Pahute Mesa.
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April 3, 1985 |
The government conducted a major nuclear weapons test 2,100 feet beneath the Nevada desert Tuesday, creating "extremely noticeable" ground motion in a concrete control building 12 miles away and registering 5.7 on the Richter scale. The noontime test, the third announced shot in 18 days, had been postponed three times because of winds blowing toward Las Vegas and other populated areas.
April 19, 1987 |
Scientists triggered a nuclear weapon beneath the Nevada desert Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Soviet Union announced a nuclear detonation at its Central Asian test site. The Easter weekend tests were the fourth nuclear detonations of 1987 for each country. Chris West of the U.S. Department of Energy said Saturday's weapon experiment, code-named Delama, was conducted at 6:40 a.m.
June 3, 2011 |
Area 51 has been ground zero for conspiracy theorists for decades. Flying saucers. Bug-eyed aliens. Staged moon landings. The government hasn't helped alleviate speculation — it hasn't even acknowledged that the military outpost exists. If it did, it would be deep in the Nevada desert about 100 miles outside of Las Vegas. But the National Geographic news website has posted photos that provide a rare glimpse inside the clandestine site. It recently published never-before-seen, declassified photos from 1963 of a military plane crash and its coverup by the government, according to the website.
July 12, 2010
POP MUSIC Summer Darling The first act to release a physical full-length on the in-house label of beloved Echo Park hipster Origami Vinyl, the band earns its comparisons to the fringier elements of Neil Young and such thoughtful '90s punk as Fugazi and Shudder to Think. The band holds down the July residency at Spaceland, this time with the Radiohead-addled rockers Cue the Moon. Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Free. http://www.clubspaceland.com. Kings of Leon The scruffy Southern rockers were on no one's short list to become the dominant voice of guitar-based music in 2010.
January 23, 2013 |
Move over, Scully and Mulder. Some of the secrets of Nevada's mysterious Area 51 will be revealed Feb. 9 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas . As "The X-Files" TV show told us, “The truth is out there.” But don't expect tales of alien spacecraft and little green men during the Saturday evening lecture. The two speakers - T.D. Barnes and retired Air Force Col. Gail Peck, not Scully and Mulder - have worked at the installation known as Area 51, possibly America's worst-kept military secret, but their remarks are expected to focus on aircraft from Earth, not outer space.
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April 3, 2013 |
A teenage boy who was riding in a van rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver in the Nevada desert lost his leg in the accident, relatives of the passengers said. The 15-year-old boy, identified only as Eddie, was in a Chevy Astro van with his mother, sister and four other people about 3 a.m. Saturday when it was rear-ended by a Dodge Durango on Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas. The boy's mother, Maria Cardenas, was driving and was critically injured. The boy's sister, 13-year-old Angela Sandoval, was killed.
February 14, 2013 |
SLS Las Vegas , a trendy resort to be built on the grounds of the former Sahara, is scheduled to open in fall 2014 and promises to bring several Southern California clubs and restaurants to the Nevada desert. The former Sahara has been surrounded by chain link fencing since owners Sbe , whose chairman and chief executive is Sam Nazarian, closed the historic hotel about two years ago. The company is pumping $415 million into renovating the property, which has stood on the Strip since 1952.
August 31, 2012 |
This week, more than 60,000 souls will flock to the annual participatory-art festival of Burning Man. For first-time Burners, the weeklong "celebration of radical self-expression," which erects a weird, transient city in the Nevada desert, raises a host of issues. What to wear? What heat-resistant foodstuffs to pack? How do I find the giant three-dimensional Tetris blocks where my friends are camped? If the man registering me goes by Awesome Sauce and dresses as a bumblebee, do I really want to hang?
June 23, 2002 |
The earthquake that shook the Nevada desert this month wasn't much by seismic standards, but with luck it rattled some nerves in Congress. The magnitude-4.4 temblor's epicenter was a mere 12.5 miles southeast of Yucca Mountain, the site where the Bush administration proposes constructing a national nuclear waste repository. The proposal has already been approved by the House of Representatives, and a Senate vote is pending. As a geologist who has spent the last six years studying the proposal, I hope that the earthquake has made some senators rethink their votes.