Such a fusion bomb
was tested on a coral atoll in the Pacific Ocean on November 1, 1952, wiping out the atoll.
The ravening energies of the fusion bomb
explosion in the Pacific (see above) had driven nuclei together and formed atoms even more complex than californium (element number 98), which was at the time the most complex known (see 1949).
The Soviet Union exploded its first fusion bomb
on August 12, 1953, with physicist Andrey Dmitriyevich Sakharov (b.
One of them falls in May 1988, when India tested fusion bombs
in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
"The secrets of fission and fusion bombs
are several decades old.
Israel is widely believed to possess both fission and fusion bombs
. It has an unsafeguarded plutonium production reactor and reprocessing capability and possibly some uranium enrichment capability, along with various other uranium-processing facilities."
He checks out fusion bombs
in America, and also visits a fusion reactor in South Korea.
In the chapter called "The Second Visit," June's story of how she became a lifelong practitioner of nonviolence is tied to a peroration on hydrogen fusion bombs
and their psychological deployment in the Cold War by Eisenhower in 1952.