How come Oppenheimer and Groves could stand at Trinity Ground zero without protection?

In September 1945, many participants returned to the Trinity Test site for news crews. Here Oppenheimer and Groves examine the remains of one the bases of the steel test tower.
Date September 1945
Source https://www.lanl.gov/history/gallery.php?story_id=46&subject=directors&director=Oppenheimer&page_num=&row_num=0&photo_id=124
Author U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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The silicate sands of the Trinity Site were subject to vitrification by the heat of the bomb. Seen under the microscope, the sand formed roughly spherical glass beads. This sealed in a lot of the radioactivity.

Much as was intended, by artificial means, at the Maralinga cleanup. It was abandoned because of cost and one explosion in a plutonium pit.

the implication is that there was no lingering radiological hazard in Japan in 1945.

But there was.

One Response to “How come Oppenheimer and Groves could stand at Trinity Ground zero without protection?”

  1. CaptD Says:

    One for the History books, for sure….
    The knowledgable ones pose for photos in a safe area while all the others WORK in the radioactive dust…

    Reminds me of those on the USS Ronald Reagan, that stayed inside while sending non commissioned sailors outside in the Fukushima radioactive dust!

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