Could we be checking one of our nukes underground to make sure they still work?
Probably just a coincidence, but someone with more knowledge of the area can support or debunk it.
@AdamAtSea We haven’t tested a nuke since 1992 under a self-imposed moratorium, so it’s possible. However, it would be easily detectable by other countries (not to mention any California/Nevada university seismology department.) Russia and China would make propaganda hay if we tried to test in secret, so I doubt we would do an unannounced shot.
How Do We Know the Nukes Still Work? [https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/05/15/0242203]
"Today, the Stockpile Stewardship program operates on a three-pillared approach, combining theory, simulation, and experiment, and runs mainly out of those three labs as well as the Nevada National Security Site."
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