Effects of underground nuclear tests in French Polynesia on the stability of atoll flanks

B. Damjanac, E. Detournay, H. Huang

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Abstract

France conducted underground nuclear tests on the atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa in French Polynesia during the period from 1975 to 1996. Destabilization of the submarine slopes of the atolls, on the ocean side, appears to be a consequence of the testing. Numerical modeling was conducted to assess: (1) the stability of the atoll slopes under static and dynamic loading conditions, and (2) to what extent nuclear testing has affected the process of natural slope collapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFLAC and numerical modeling in geomechanics. Proceedings of the international FLAC symposium, Minneapolis, September 1999.
EditorsC. Detournay, R. Hart, C. Detourney, R. Hart
Pages23-31
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 FLAC and numerical modeling in geomechanics symposium. - Minnesota, United States
Duration: Sep 1 1999Sep 3 1999

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1999 FLAC and numerical modeling in geomechanics symposium.
CountryUnited States
CityMinnesota
Period9/1/999/3/99

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