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Puget Sound: World’s Largest Nuclear Stockpile Is Here!

A copy of the ad
Photo credit: Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

“The ad [on King County Metro buses] — sponsored by activists from the Poulsbo-based Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action — reads: ’20 miles west of Seattle is the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S.’

Behind this text is a map, depicting the proximity of Seattle to Naval Base Kitsap, located on the eastern shore of Hood Canal. The base is home port for eight of the U.S. Navy’s fourteen Trident ballistic missile submarines and an underground nuclear weapons storage complex. Together they’re believed to store more than 1,300 nuclear warheads, according to Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

This is arguably the biggest single concentration of nuclear warheads not only in the U.S., but in the world.

King County Metro was initially hesitant to run the ad, until Kristensen confirmed its accuracy. The combined explosive power contained in the base is equivalent to more than 14,000 Hiroshima bombs, he says,” quoting Martha Baskin, Crosscut.
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Posted by Steve on August 4, 2016 at 6:50 am | Permalink

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