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US Military to Test 700-Ton Explosive in Nevada Desert


The U.S. military is preparing to test a massive new bomb that is designed to destroy underground military targets.

The test, code-named Divine Strake, will take place in June in the western U.S. state of Nevada. The military will detonate a 700-ton explosive at a test site in the Nevada desert located about 145 kilometers northwest of Las Vegas.

The weapon consists of a special explosive which will pack the equivalent of more than 500 tons of TNT when it is detonated. It will create a mushroom shaped dust cloud that could reach as high as three kilometers into the air.

A military official says the test could remind some of the open-air nuclear tests that were conducted during the 1950s. But the agency conducting the test insists there is no danger of radioactivity from the blast.

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