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Eerie photos reveal the abandoned sites storing the US' Cold War nuclear arsenal

Visitors look at the core of Hanford's historic B Reactor, the world's first, full-scale nuclear reactor, on the Hanford Site in Washington

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Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project in the town of Hanford in south-central Washington, the site was home to the B Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. - My parents worked there during the war.

Smock | Museum of London- A woman's white linen smock decorated with intricate bands of geometric cutwork taken from another object, possibly a cover, and used as insertions on the sleeves, cuffs, collar and upper part of the front. If worn underneath an open-necked gown, the exquisite needlework would have been visible

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6 November 1944 - Researchers at Hanford Site, Washington, create the first weapons-grade plutonium. Fearing Nazi Germany may be on the verge of creating its own atomic bomb, the US plutonium project was given top priority and secrecy. In reflection of this, only one per cent of the Hanford workers realised they were involved in the development of a nuclear weapon. #HistSci © Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

The abandoned facilities across the US once dedicated to nuclear war

Above, a bus tour sees Washington's Hanford Site, which was developed by the government to...

Nuclear Vault — B Reactor, Hanford Site (Manhattan Project) Near...

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taryn simon, nuclear waste encapsulation and storage facility cherenkov radiation hanford site, u.s. department of energy, southeastern washington state, chromogenic color print

01/06/2017 - Radioactive contamination spreading in shuttered Hanford Site nuclear plant

Eerie photos reveal the abandoned sites storing the US' Cold War nuclear arsenal

The radioactive core of the F Reactor on the Hanford Site, one of nine nuclear reactors built to make plutonium for nuclear weapons, now sits cocooned in concrete near the banks of the Columbia River in Hanford, Washington