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Blast Radius Blast Radius9.990km
Fireball Radius Fireball Radius 3.200km
Kilotons Kilotons10400kt
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Ivy Mike was the codename given to the first full-scale test of a thermonuclear device, in which part of the explosive yield comes from nuclear fusion. Ivy Mike was detonated on November 1, 1952, by the United States on the island of Elugelab in Enewetak Atoll, in the now independent island nation of the Marshall Islands, as part of Operation Ivy. It was the first full test of the Teller–Ulam design, a staged fusion device.Due to its physical size and fusion fuel type (cryogenic liquid deuterium), the "Mike" device was not suitable for use as a deliverable weapon.

It was intended as a "technically conservative" proof of concept experiment to validate the concepts used for multi-megaton detonations.As a result of the collection of samples from the explosion by U.S. Air force pilots, scientists found traces of the isotopes plutonium-246 and plutonium-244, and confirmed the existence of the predicted but undiscovered elements einsteinium and fermium.

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