Operation Groundhog in Kazakhstan The US Seeks to Protect Former Soviet Nuclear Testing Site

Plutonium is lying around, virtually unprotected, at a test site in Kazakhstan where the Soviets once detonated more than 500 nuclear bombs. Could the dangerous material fall into the hands of terrorists?
A mushroom cloud at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in 1949. Local residents received no advance warning of the blast.

A mushroom cloud at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in 1949. Local residents received no advance warning of the blast.

Foto: B3055 Tass/ dpa
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan