The test site at Mururoa was dismantled following France’s last nuclear test to date, detonated on 27 January 1996, but the atoll is still guarded by the French Forces. In total, 181 explosions took place at Moruroa and Fangataufa, 41 of which were atmospheric.What was the significance of the 1973 Mururoa incident?
French Nuclear Testing at Mururoa The Royal New Zealand Navy played a significant role in sending a frigate to protest French nuclear testing in the Pacific in 1973. It is a unique act in New Zealand political history.What was the height of the Mururoa explosion?
After a delay noted by the Canterbury from the radio traffic on the morning of 28 July,  a device was detonated at 1032 feet (315 m). The French Government announced in 1975 that they would end atmospheric testing and move to underground testing at Mururoa.What was the first atmospheric test at Mururoa?
A month later the ship was at Mururoa, and those on board witnessed the first atmospheric test. Fraser Colman transferred to the Canterbury when it arrived to relieve the Otago on 25 July, and he and the crew of the Canterbury saw the second French atmospheric test on Mururoa.