Seismic Activity and Faulting Associated with a Large Underground Nuclear Explosion

Science  31 Oct 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3905, pp. 601-604
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3905.601


The 1.1-megaton nuclear test Benham caused movement on previously mapped faults and was followed by a sequence of small earthquakes. These effects were confined to a zone extending not more than 13 kilometers from ground zero; they are apparently related to the release of natural tectonic strain.