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

Branko Damjanac, Emmanuel M Detournay

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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)
Pages1767-1774
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Event9th International Society for Rock Mechanics Congress, ISRM 1999 - Paris, France
Duration: Aug 25 1999Aug 28 1999

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Other9th International Society for Rock Mechanics Congress, ISRM 1999
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period8/25/998/28/99

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    Damjanac, B., & Detournay, E. M. (1999). Effects of underground nuclear tests in French Polynesia on the stability of atoll flanks. 1767-1774. Paper presented at 9th International Society for Rock Mechanics Congress, ISRM 1999, Paris, France.