596 (nuclear test)
The clickable maps and pictures on this page illustrate data related to 596 (nuclear test). 596, originally named by western intelligence agencies Chic-1, is the codename of the People's Republic of China's first nuclear weapons test, detonated on October 16, 1964 at the Lop Nur test site. It was a uranium-235 implosion fission device and had a yield of 22 kilotons. With the test, China became the fifth nuclear power.
- Time: 07:00 GMT 16 October 1964
- Location: Lop Nur Test Groundabout 70 km northwest of Lop Nor dry lake
- Test Height and Type: Tower, 102 meters
- Yield: 22 kilotons
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More information about 596 (nuclear test)
- Lewis, John Wilson and Xue Litai (1988). China Builds the Bomb. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
- Richelson, Jeffrey T. (2006). Spying on the Bomb: American nuclear intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea (Chapter 4, "Mao's Explosive Thoughts"). New York: W.W. Norton and Co.