Huron King test chamber
|Test site||NTS Area 19, 20, Pahute Mesa; NTS, Areas 1-4, 6-10, Yucca Flat|
|Number of tests||14|
|Test type||ug shaft|
|Max. yield||140 kilotonnes of TNT (590 TJ)|
|Previous test series||Operation Quicksilver (1978)|
|Next test series||Operation Guardian|
Operation Tinderbox was a series of 14 nuclear tests conducted by the United States in 1979-1980 at the Nevada Test Site. These tests followed the Operation Quicksilver (1978) series and preceded the Operation Guardian series.
The United States test series summary table is here: United States' nuclear testing series.
The detonations in the United States' Tinderbox series are listed below:
|Name[note 1]||Date time (UT)||Local time zone[note 2]||Location[note 3]||Elevation + height[note 4]||Delivery[note 5]||Purpose[note 6]||Device[note 7]||Yield[note 8]||Venting[note 9]||References||Notes|
|Backgammon||29 November 1979 15:00:00.096||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U3jh||1,175 m (3,855 ft) - 228.72 m (750.4 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||800 t|||
|Azul||14 December 1979 18:00:00.09||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U2em||1,275 m (4,183 ft) - 205 m (673 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||less than 20 kt||||Destroyed the Anvil/Peninsula device that was damaged during placement.|
|Tarko||28 February 1980 15:00:00.093||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U2fd||1,280 m (4,200 ft) - 369 m (1,211 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||5 kt||Venting detected, 50 Ci (1,800 GBq)|||
|Norbo||8 March 1980 15:00:35.09||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U8c||1,349 m (4,426 ft) - 271 m (889 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||1 kt||I-131 venting detected, 0|||
|Liptauer||3 April 1980 14:00:00.089||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U2eh||1,304 m (4,278 ft) - 417 m (1,368 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||20 kt|||
|Pyramid||16 April 1980 20:00:00.089||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U7be||1,266 m (4,154 ft) - 579.1 m (1,900 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||89 kt|||
|Canfield||2 May 1980 18:04:36.092||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U3kx||1,211 m (3,973 ft) - 350.5 m (1,150 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||6 kt|||
|Flora||22 May 1980 13:00:00.089||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U3lg||1,179 m (3,868 ft) - 335.6 m (1,101 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||less than 20 kt||Venting detected, 1 kCi (37 TBq)|||
|Kash||12 June 1980 17:00:15.09||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U20af||1,911 m (6,270 ft) - 645 m (2,116 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||140 kt||Venting detected|||
|Huron King||24 June 1980 15:00:10.07||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U3ky||1,187 m (3,894 ft) - 320.04 m (1,050.0 ft)||ug shaft||weapon effect||6 kt||||Radiation and EMP effects shot through a mockup DMSP2 satellite on the surface, which was then towed off the collapsing cap. Picture of the test chamber: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Huron_King_test_chamber.jpg. It is still on the NE lip of the HK crater.|
|Tafi||25 July 1980 19:00:05.082||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U20ae||1,859 m (6,099 ft) - 680 m (2,230 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||140 kt||Venting detected|||
|Verdello||31 July 1980 18:00:19.092||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U3ku||1,183 m (3,881 ft) - 365.76 m (1,200.0 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||3.5 kt||Venting detected, 45 Ci (1,700 GBq)|||
|Bonarda||25 September 1980 14:00:45.094||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U3gv||1,209 m (3,967 ft) - 381 m (1,250 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||20 kt|||
|Riola||25 September 1980 15:02:36.084||PST (-8 hrs)
||NTS Area U2eq||1,254 m (4,114 ft) - 424 m (1,391 ft)||ug shaft||weapons development||1.1 kt||Venting detected off site, 2.2 kCi (81 TBq)|||
- The US, France and Great Britain have code-named their test events, while the USSR and China have not, and therefore have only test numbers (with some exceptions - Soviet peaceful explosions were named). Word translations into English in parentheses unless the name is a proper noun. A dash followed by a number indicates a member of a salvo event. The US also sometimes named the individual explosions in such a salvo test, which results in "name1 - 1(with name2)". If test is canceled or aborted, then the row data like date and location discloses the intended plans, where known.
- To convert the UT time into standard local, add the number of hours in parentheses to the UT time; for local daylight savings time, add one additional hour. If the result is less than 00:00, add 24 hours and subtract 1 from the day; if it's greater than or equal to 24:00, subtract 24 hours and add 1 to the day.
- Rough place name and a Latitude/Longitude reference; for rocket-carried tests, the launch location is specified before the detonation location, if known. Some locations are extremely accurate; others (like airdrops and space blasts) may be quite inaccurate. "~" indicates a likely pro-forma rough location, shared with other tests in that same area.
- Elevation is the ground level at the point directly below the explosion relative to sea level; height is the additional distance added or subtracted by tower, balloon, shaft, tunnel, air drop or other contrivance. For rocket bursts the ground level is "N/A". In some cases it is not clear if the height is absolute or relative to ground, for example, Plumbbob/John. No number or units indicates the value is unknown, while "0" means zero. Sorting on this column is by elevation and height added together.
- Atmospheric, airdrop, balloon, gun, cruise missile, rocket, surface, tower, and barge are all disallowed by the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Sealed shaft and tunnel are underground, and remained useful under the PTBT. Intentional cratering tests are borderline; they occurred under the treaty, were sometimes protested, and generally overlooked if the test was declared to be a peaceful use.
- Include weapons development, weapon effects, safety test, transport safety test, war, science, joint verification and industrial/peaceful, which may be further broken down.
- Designations for test items where known, "?" indicates some uncertainty about the preceeding value, nicknames for particular devices in quotes. This category of information is often not officially disclosed.
- Estimated energy yield in tonnes, kilotonnes, and megatonnes (all metric units).
- Emissions to atmosphere, where known. The measured species is only iodine-131 if mentioned, otherwise it is all species. No entry means unknown, probably none if underground and everything if not; otherwise notation for whether measured on the site only or off the site, where known, and the measured amount of radiation released.
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