Los Alamos lab contains world’s largest supply of nuclear weapons

Published: June 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am ET


Los Alamos Evacuated; Fire Crews Concentrate on Nuclear Lab, Arutz Sheva, June 28, 2011:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is indelibly etched in historical memory as the hatching site of the Manhattan Project, the effort which created the first atomic bomb. The world’s largest nuclear weapons arsenal is still located there. […]

Given the recent Japanese disaster at Fukushima, the fear of course is that a natural disaster can morph into a nuclear one. Firefighters are therefore concentrating on keeping the blaze out of the laboratory.  “If it spots on the lab, we’ll get really aggressive about putting it out,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker said. […]

‘Hoping for the best’: Firefighters battle blaze at edge of Los Alamos nuclear complex, MSNBC, June 28, 2011:

Flames licked all day at the boundary of the laboratory site, home to the nation’s largest supply of nuclear weapons, as fire crews scurried to douse spot fires carried onto the grounds by winds from the leading edge of the blaze. […]

Published: June 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am ET


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12 comments to Los Alamos lab contains world’s largest supply of nuclear weapons

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Looks like we got ANOTHER PROBLEM CHILD:

    “Salem 2 nuclear plant is under “hot-shutd­own” mode and under investigat­ion after a cooling pump failure caused it to close Monday according to Associated Press”

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Quote: If it spots on the lab, we’ll get really aggressive about putting it out

    The firefighters are already aggressive about putting this fire out, and so far it doesn’t look good.

    • farawayfan farawayfan

      I know, lol. I guess until then, they’ll just sort of lackadasically point hoses in the general direction of the problem?

      • WindorSolarPlease

        These firefighters are amazing, they need more credit. They work non stop with wearing heavy equipment through the heat of it all, putting themselves in danger. Their main goal is to put these fires out and they are always aggressive about this.

  • “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”
    Ronald Reagan

  • SteveMT

    There is a difference between new Pu and old Pu.

    Those weapons now are older – and the plutonium inside them has been aging longer – than any earlier stockpile weapons. So researchers at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos National Laboratory are trying to hurry along the plutonium aging process to learn how long the metal will last and how that might affect the stockpile.

    Researchers at Los Alamos, which designed five of the seven weapon systems in the U.S. stockpile, play a major role in certifying each year that those weapons are safe, secure and reliable. Certification depends on understanding how the plutonium cores of the weapons, known as pits, will change with age.

    plutonium is the most unpredictable of all the metallic elements, and some aging effects may appear suddenly after years of stable behavior.


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