1 year after the March 11 Japan disaster -
helping disaster mitigation efforts

Fukushima - one year after

On 9 March, a colloquium discussed the use of CTBTO data for disaster mitigation and tsunami early warnings. The Japanese Ambassador in Vienna and representatives from several UN organizations - the IAEA, WMO, WHO, UNSCEAR, UNESCO/IOC -spoke at the event. CTBTO scientists shared first-hand insights into the organization’s disaster response capabilities.

Read more or watch the colloquium here.

CTBTO at International Women’s Day

On 8 March, Vienna-based international organizations gathered to honour the achievements of women on International Women’s Day. The CTBTO was represented by the Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth and Vorian Maryssael, the new Director of the International Monitoring System Division.

Read the highlight here.

Voluntary contribution by Monaco

Monaco has made a contribution of € 25,000 to the CTBTO aimed at bolstering the training of experts, in particular from developing countries. On 16 March, CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth met with Claude Giordan (right), the Ambassador of Monaco to the UN in Vienna, seen here at the CTBTO’s International Data Centre.

Read the highlight here.

CTBTO infrasound station at Qaanaaq, Greenland

Travel to Greenland in our new video to see work on the CTBTO’s infrasound station at Qaanaaq, part of our network of sensors that monitor the globe for nuclear tests. In the video, engineers from CTBTO headquarters upgrade the station and train the local station operator.

Watch the video here.

CTBTO Spectrum 15 years anniversary issue

This special issue includes articles by the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Henry Puna, the Foreign Ministers of the UK , Indonesia and Turkey - William Hague, Marty Natalegawa and Ahmet Davutoğlu respectively, and former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi. CTBTO staff members recount their most memorable moments over the last 15 years, see also video.

Read the issue here.

Infamous Anniversaries – the Castle Bravo test

On 1 March 1953, the United States conducted the 'Castle Bravo' thermonuclear test at the Bikini Atoll. Its yield had been underestimated - at 15 megatons, it was the largest U.S. nuclear test ever. U.S. personnel and the crew of a Japanese fishing boat were exposed to fallout. Bikini is uninhabitable to this day.

Read more here.

UN mission to the Marshall Islands (OHCHR)

In March 2012, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights dispatched a Special Rapporteur to the Marshall Islands to evaluate decontamination efforts at the former U.S. nuclear test site from a human rights perspective.

Read more here.

NAS report on CTBTO verification capabilities

On 30 March, the U.S. National Academy of Science (NAS) will present its updated report on the CTBT (click image for the 2002 NAS CTBT report). The report will examine the CTBTO’s capabilities to detect, locate and identify nuclear explosions and assess the ability of the United States to maintain its nuclear stockpile in the absence of nuclear testing.

Read more on the NAS website here.

Nuclear testing an issue at the Nuclear Security Summit (U.S. Embassy in Russia)

Addressing the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit from 26 to 27 March, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that: “The entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty is long overdue.” Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States delivered a statement highlighting joint efforts to remove the remnants of nuclear testing at the former nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk.

Read the joint statement here.

Nuclear testing times (Hindustan Times blog)

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, senior foreign editor of Hindustan Times, acknowledges the effectiveness and usefulness of the CTBTO’s verification regime for disaster warning and argues for a gradual opening up to the CTBT/O by India.

Read the post here.

UK veterans lose their legal fight (The Guardian)

Survivors of Britain's 1950s atomic tests in the Pacific, who claim they suffered ill-health through exposure to radiation, have suffered a defeat in their legal battle for compensation from the Ministry of Defence. Image: UK’s first thermonuclear test ‘Grapple X’ in 1957.

Read more here.


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