Without public warning, one clear morning, 5:29:45 am, July 16, 1945, "The Trinity Test" was conducted. The above ground detonation of the first atomic bomb blanketed unsuspecting families, farms, and communities from New Mexico to New York in deadly, cancer-causing radioactive fallout. Roughly 500,000 people were impacted within a 150-mile radius of the blast.
Mary Martinez White reflects on the aftermath of "The Trinity Test". 77 years later the effects are still with us. Tularosa, NM was one community in the path of the fallout. Born and raised in Tularosa, and a member of the Tularosa Downwinders Consortium, she knows and expresses the tragic suffering inflicted upon her family and others, past and present. She defines some of the U.S. government's past position on New Mexico's exposure and some of the remedial legislation in consideration today.
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