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Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory under Threat from Wildfire

Environment & Ecology Current Affairs 2011. Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory is facing threat from Wildfire

Jun 30, 2011 16:42 IST
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A Wildfire which started on 26 June 2011 near the site of Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory forced the 11000 population of Los Alamos to be evacuated. According to an estimate 10000 drums of radioactive waste dating back to the Cold War era are stored in a part of the laboratory known as Area G. Close proximity to the wildfire raised alarm in the region surrounding the laboratory.


Los Alamos nuclear laboratory was created during the Second World War with the objective to develop the first atomic bomb. It is located in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. It has since grown into a massive research institute covering studies in areas such as nanotechnology, space science and computing.

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