INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST NUCLEAR TESTS
International Day against Nuclear Tests:
August 29th is celebrated annually as International day against Nuclear Tests or Anti Nuclear day. It was declared on 69th UN General Assembly on December 2nd 2009 as a remembrance of closure of Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site on 29th August 1991, the primary nuclear testing area of Soviet Union. Hence it is also known as UN international day against nuclear weapons. Anti Nuclear day in 2018 is celebrated on August 29th 2018.
Many events, Seminars, conference and media broadcasting are done by UN to create the awareness for need of banning nuclear weapons. ‘Securing Common Future’ is the International day against nuclear tests 2018 theme. Its main aim is to bring CTBT to force. Anti Nuclear day in India is celebrated by educational events in colleges and schools to educate everyone about the adverse effects of nuclear testing.
International anti nuclear day as a part of Our India with World Event Himalai wants to create awareness to make the world free of Nuclear weapons
Nuclear tests are conducted to obtain information about the power and behavior of a nuclear weapon during its explosion.
- It can be tested in atmosphere, above the atmosphere known as exo-atmospheric, underground or underwater.
- The first nuclear weapon was tested by United States on July 16th 1945.
- Many countries that have developed nuclear weapon have tested it.
- Being a nuclear state gives countries a sense of security and power.
Do You Know How many nuclear bombs have been tested?
More than 2000 nuclear weapons have been tested till this day. The latest weapon test was conducted by North Korea in 2017.
List of Nuclear Test conducted by Nuclear States:
|No.||Country||No. of Nuclear Weapons tested|
Nuclear Testing in India:
- In 1974 India had its first successful attempted in nuclear testing, which was given the name ‘Smiling Buddha’.
- After that another 5 successful underground tests were conducted at Pokhran of Rajasthan in 1998, which was called as Pokhran II. No atmospheric radiations were released.
- It was conducted under the guidance of visionaries like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Atal Bihari Vajpayee to secure National security.
- The reaction of many countries like U.S, Japan, china, Canada and other countries with regards to this Nuclear Tests were sever, they banned all sanctions except humanitarian aids.
- One of the strong reactions was from Pakistan saying that India has started a Nuclear Race.
- Nuclear test in Pakistan was conducted in later years.
Effects of Nuclear Testing:
- There are many adverse effects of Nuclear Testing, The radiations contamination in atmosphere, water and land affect plant and animal life severely.
- It has major effects on Human health, long term exposure to radiation permanently damages the internal organs; few of radiation effects are bone cancer, thyroid cancer, leukemia, effects mother’s milk and cause deformation during childbirth.
- Before 1950 no consideration was given for the damage caused by Nuclear Testing.
- It is estimated that the bombs tested in between 1945 to 1980 has effects equivalent to 29000 times in size of Hiroshima Bomb.
Treaties for Banning Nuclear Testing:
- On 1968 Partial Test Ban Treaty (PTBT) was signed by U.S, U.K and Soviet Union in banning the tests conducted in atmosphere and underwater. But France and China continued atmospheric testing till 1980.
- Even underground testing causes harsh effects on soil of the surrounding area of blast.
- Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) was established in 1996 to ban all types of nuclear weapon test, Due to opposing states this has not come to force.