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Charleston Gazette (Newspaper) - December 19, 1970, Charleston, West Virginia The Charleston Gazette Charleston West Virrinia saturday morning dec. 19, 1970 the state newspaper atom test spews dust it. 600 exposed Mercury Nev. A about 600 workers were evacuated from the Nevada test site Friday after an under ground nuclear test shot blew a plume of radioactive dust feet in the air the atomic Energy commission said it was the largest number of persons reported exposed to radiation at the test site located in bar Ren desert 80 Miles Northwest of Las vegas since underground testing begin in 1963. The dec said a radioactive air mass was moving North and Northeast very slowly but that radioactive Levels were dropping very the dec emphasized the level of radioactivity traced beyond the test site boundaries was very Low and said it was Well within permissible Levels for humans. No Toyens in the immediate area of the test site were reported evacuated. The closest town is Alamo with about 250 residents some 10 Miles North. An dec spokesman refused to say if it was possible the radioactive air mass would Cross the United states boundaries. Such an occurrence if it happened would violate the 1963 above ground nuclear test ban treaty signed by the United states Russia and other nations. The radiation was the second reported in four underground nuclear test shots Here since wednesday when minor Spil Lage from one test Rose 400-500 feet above ground and was confined to within the test shot site. Code named the latest device planted 900 feet below ground had a listed Force of less than tons of int. Like the three previous shots it was a military weapons development test the dec said. The dec said about 300 of the 600 workers evacuated from the test site s northeastern Corner were found to have radiation on their clothing and vehicles they were made to take what the spokesman described As nominal pre cautions such As showering changing clothes and washing their vehicles. Some underwent tests to determine if any radioactivity was present in their bodies. The dec said there was no immediate indication that such was the Case. The dec said six. Aircraft including two helicopters from nearby Nellis air Force base were tracing the radioactive air mass. The evacuated workers hired by firms under contract with the dec were All in the test site s Northeast Corner. It was the 17th time the dec has announced radioactivity escaped the reservation since the underground testing began under the treaty. A total of 230 tests have been announced at the site 30 of them this year. There were both above and be Low ground explosions at the testing ground from the time it opened in 1951 until the treaty signing. The wife of a worker at the site said that her husband telephoned that he saw a mushroom Cloud after Friday s de vice was detonated but the dec denied that the Cloud was mushroom shaped. Along Nevada Highway 25, the dec said the radiation was measured at less than one Mill Roentgen an hour extremely Low. A person must be exposed to 170 Millir Oetjens a year to be in any danger the dec said. Communist anniversary two rockets hit Saigon six killed eight Hurt Saigon in Viet Cong gunners fired two big rockets into Saigon Early today killing six vietnamese and wound ing eight in an attack coinciding with a weekend of communist anniversary observances. The six including four children were killed and seven persons were Hurt Sunshine students enjoy Friday s Nice weather while they catch up on their studies at Horace Mann Junior High school in Kanawha City. Robin Martin 12, of 4301 Kanawha ave. Be and Cheryl Cox 12, of 723 lower Donnally r.d., better enjoy it while they can. The weather service expects Snow flurries to Fly tonight. Staff photo by Ferrell Friend 500 More needy families add to salvation army crisis by James a. Hill staff writer a situation of crisis proportions devel oped at the salvation army Here Friday with notification that nearly 500 More needy families were being certified for Aid during the Christmas holidays. This was totally unexpected and caught us completely was the worried comment of brigadier Don Vendeville. Naturally Well accept the mrs. Benjamin Newman who has voluntarily operated the army s Christmas cheer Center for the past three years was noticeably shaken. It s a she declared shaking her head in disbelief. It s the Only Way you can describe if. I be been Here three years and Noth ing like this has Ever happened before. 1 just Don t know How this could have the new Case Load raised the total number of families the salvation army is expected to service to near the Mark. Workers had not yet had time to count the number of new children involved. But a number of the slips that began pouring in from the Community Council s Christmas Bureau had As Many As 10 children listed. It came at a time when the salvation army and Christmas cheer Center were already worrying Over nearly a toy shortage in their drive for Man somebody is going to have to do some work around Here Over the week Vendeville fairly shouted. Mrs. Newman said the volunteers at the cheer Center were just beginning to relax when the new certification started arriving. Usually at this time we Are Over the Hump on she said. I Don t know what Well do meanwhile the elks club of Charleston will be out in Force at the salvation army Kettle stations today to keep the drive moving on Money collections. C. R. Franklin chairman of the Elk s Christmas Kettle committee said

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