Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | May 22, 2018

5 Things That Sound, Move, or Smell Like a Nuclear Explosion

This article published by Nautilus explores the variety of uses for CTBTO’s data outside of detecting nuclear tests. After “[wiring] the world with hundreds of seismometers, infrasound detectors, radionuclide sniffers, and underwater microphones,” data received from these technologies not only detect nuclear explosions, but are “sometimes a boon to science.” Covering all four types of stations, as well as the 40 radionuclide stations that have noble gas detection capabilities, the article goes over the civil and scientific uses of data received.

For example, after the Fukushima power melt down, CTBTO collected data on the radioactive plume and while “normally the commission would use atmospheric modeling to track particles back in time and space to find the source; this time, they used the models to project forward, predicting where the particles would go and ultimately reassuring people on the West Coast of the United States and in other countries. If you saw animations of the plume on TV, it was probably from the CTBTO.”

Find out about the other civil and scientific uses of CTBTO data by reading the full article here.


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