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Mystery Pitting Of Car Windscreens NEW YORK, April 16.

17 April 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 1

…exact explanation.’ They believed an ash of some sort had caused the sudden damage to the windscreens in 11 Washington State cities. Guesses on the source of the pits range from industrial ash to fallout from a Pacific hydrogen-bomb test… The rash of pitted windscreens first began several weeks ago, and has reached full force in recent days. ‘It’s absolutely ghostly,’ said one police officer. ‘I was sitting in a patrol car, and all of a sudden pock marks appeared on the windscreen. It couldn’t have been anyone shooting pellets, because the car was parked facing a blank warehouse wall.’

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Great Rock Layers 'Slipped' Says Noted Geologist

2 March 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 1

…Mineralogy at the University of Adelaide, said yesterday. It had been caused by the slipping of one great rock layer on to another along the “fault line” which extended southward from the Flinders Ranges, he added. Sir Douglas Mawson said he did not think there was anything in reports that a brilliant flash had occurred at the same time as the earthquake. Not Usual A flash would indicate a meteorite, he said, and a lot more would have been heard about it if one had fallen. It was not usual for earthquakes to be accompanied by a flash of light.

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Quake Link With H-Bomb "Possible"

20 March 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 3

…atomic explosions. Adelaide’s quake was more likely to have been triggered off by local gravitational effects of the moon, or changes in barometric pressure. Both of these influences could produce changes in the earth’s crust. However, if it could be established that the bomb were exploded shortly before 6 a.m. (Bikini time), the possibility that the explosion triggered-off the quake should be examined. The shock of an H-bomb explosion at this time would have reached Adelaide at approximately the moment the earthquake began. Professor Huxley’s calculation allowed one hour for the shock to travel 3,600 miles from Bikini to Adelaide.

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Bomb Blast And Earthquake To the Editor

20 March 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 4

…Bomb Blast And Earthquake To the Editor -Sir— Now that we have been told the date of the atomic test at Bikini, in which Japanese fishermen were covered with radioactive dust, is it a coincidence or has it some bearing on our earthquake that both dates were March 1? (Miss) W. ROBINSON. Cliff street, East Olenelg.

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Belief A-Dust Reached Japan NEW YORK, March 22.

23 March 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 3

…So interesting, so many ramifications… Belief A-Dust Reached Japan NEW YORK. March 22 (1954) Scientists at Kyoto University, Tokio, believe that radioactive ash from the March 1 Bikini hydrogen explosion has fallen on Japan, United Press reports. Physicists at the university say that a Geiger counter in their laboratory showed an extraordinarily high count two days after the explosion, which took place 1,600 miles away. Between 4.30 and 5 pm. (Japanese time) the counton the indicator jumped from an average of 40 to 50to.a peak of 225. At no time before or since has the counter shown such activity. The Geiger counters in Japan increased to 4-5 times background. They were 1,600 miles away from Bikini. In my beta radiation paper: the AVERAGE beta radiation in the US was 5 times background. Areas on the west coast and Rockies were 10-53 times background. And this is in areas MUCH farther away than Bikini was from Japan in 1954. The CTBTO estimated that Bravo emitted 132 times as much iodine-131 than Chernobyl. See how much worse Fukushima is compared to Bravo. And that was merely the beginning.…

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR H-BOMB TESTS 'Sky Flash' Recalled To the Editor

31 March 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 4

…1 and the damage, since divulged, can be laid at the door of the explosion of the H-bomb. While I am in no position to argue with scientists over the relative time of our earthquake and the release of the bomb, I do know that we here saw that bright glow in the north-eastern sky when we ventured out after our disturbance had subsided. I saw it myself, and know it to be no figment of the imagination. If the flash of the explosion itself could be seen 800 miles away, then I think the reflection could be seen here.

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H-Bomb And Weather To the Editor.

3 April 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 4

…– as they are, they mostly have a one track mind, and cannot see the effects it will have on other walks of life. Ever since the first explosion on Bikini I have watched the gradual alteration in weather conditions, and I am convinced that if the tests are continued the primary producer will not be able to grow enough food to feed the people of Australia let alone for export. I cannot see that the US has any right to come all the way across the Pacific to explode bombs— why not explode them in America? … ”EX-PRODUCER,” Blyth.

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To Hit At H-Bomb 'Hysteria' NEW YORK, April 18.

19 April 1954, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), page 3

…‘Unless atomic factories disposed of their ‘garbage’ this way they would eventually make the earth uninhabitable’, he said. The waste from atomic reactors, which make plutonium for bombs, is at present stored underground in steel tanks. Scientists have been worried about how to get rid of it, because it contaminates everything it touches with dangerous radioactivity. Professor Freeman said the world would soon have to reckon with millions of gallons of radio-active wastes a year as atomic power plants were developed. ‘The only safe way is to rocket them off to Mars or one of the larger asteroids,’ be added.