Weather agency will aid nuclear blast detection

September 1, 2008 16:00

The World Meteorological Agency has agreed to help experts detect possible nuclear test explosions, officials said on Monday. The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization says the weather agency will provide useful data that authorities will use to pinpoint the location of a suspected test blast anywhere in the world. Officials say the Geneva-based WMO has refined techniques similar to those used by Swedish experts in 1986 to trace nuclear particles in the atmosphere back to the Chernobyl atomic reactor in Ukraine. They said Monday the partnership with the global weather office will "significantly enhance" efforts to keep close tabs on suspicious explosions around the world.

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