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Reporter caught boyfriend cheating when ‘physical activity’ spiked on Fitbit: ‘Wish the story wasn’t real’

Cheaters never win, and one woman is now having the last laugh after finding out that her former boyfriend was being unfaithful when his “physical activity” levels mysteriously spiked on his Fitbit device.

Last week, NFL Network reporter Jane Slater replied to a fellow correspondent’s tweet about the Peloton bike and the brand’s recent, controversial holiday ad by sharing the story of her former beau’s fitness-tracker fail. Her shocking admission has since gone viral, with over 46,000 shares and thousands of comments.

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Reporter Jane Slater got the last laugh after learning her former boyfriend was cheating via his Fitbit fitness tracker. (NFL Network)

“An ex-boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it. We synched up, motivated each other… Didn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4 a.m. and his physical activity levels were spiking on the app,” ” Slater revealed. “Wish the story wasn’t real.”

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“Spoiler alert: he was not enrolled in an OrangeTheory class at 4 a.m.,” Slater added.

Though the 38-year-old reporter said she first “sobbed uncontrollably” when she put the clues together, she has since moved on and says she’s laughed “many times” about the Fitbit fail.

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“An ex-boyfriend once got me a Fitbit for Christmas. I loved it. We synched up, motivated each other… Didn’t hate it until he was unaccounted for at 4 a.m. and his physical activity levels were spiking,” the woman revealed. (iStock)

In reply, some empathetic commenters shared similarly woeful tales of how they caught former partners cheating with fitness-tracking watches.

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A few critics, meanwhile, argued that Slater should be thankful the Fitbit shed light on her ex-beau’s infidelity.

Making light of the situation, other jokesters teased that the horror story should inspire “every” woman to purchase their partner a Fitbit, and “glue it” to their wrists to monitor any illicit dalliances.

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Ford Ranchero GT resurrected in ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ trailer

Ecto-1 may be the ultimate barn find, but it’s not the only cool car in the new “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” film.

The first trailer for the 2020 release shows the iconic converted Cadillac ambulance being discovered on an Oklahoma farm, where it was apparently hidden away by Egon Spengler in the time that’s passed since the films, starring the original cast. But before it gets to that, a group of teens is seen cruising down a dirt road in the bed of a Ford Ranchero GT.

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The pickup car was Ford’s competitor to the Chevrolet El Camino, and went out of production in 1979. This last-generation example was built on the same platform as the Ford LTD II and was offered in 500, GT and Squier trims.

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It’s not clear which engine the movie car is equipped with, but up until 1978 the Ranchero GT could be ordered with a 302, 351 or 400 cubic-inch V8, the last rated at a thunderous (well, for the era) 166 hp. According to Hagerty, Rancheros typically sell for around $10,000 today, but a perfect one could be worth over $20,000.

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If you’re thinking about buying one to recreate the scene from the movie, keep in mind that riding in the bed of a pickup in Oklahoma is illegal, at least on public roads.

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The law is less clear about firing a proton pack at a ghost from a moving vehicle.

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Iran building new underground tunnel to house missiles: intelligence sources

Iran is building an underground tunnel to store missiles and large-scale weapons, according to satellite images obtained by Fox News and Western intelligence sources who reviewed the information.

The structure, housed within the Imam Ali military base in Eastern Syria, is estimated to be nearly 400 feet long, 15 feet wide and 13 feet deep.

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The first image–taken by Image Sat International (ISI), an end-to-end geospatial intelligence solutions company, where construction of the tunnel can be seen–was captured on Oct. 5.

Two weeks later, a shed was used to hide the tunnel entrance from the air. Large dirt piles appeared at the opposite end of the tunnel as excavations continue.

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Western intelligence sources believe missiles and other weapons will be housed in this structure.

The intelligence assessment of ISI, confirmed by multiple Western intelligence sources, is that the tunnel is in the final stages of construction and will shortly be considered operational.

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The Iranian facility that was targeted with airstrikes multiple times this year after the existence of the base was revealed in a report by Fox News. The project was approved by top leadership in Tehran and is being completed by the Iranian al-Quds Forces.

In May, Fox News reported that Iran was building a border crossing not far from the new compound in Syria. Sources have expressed concern that Iranian troops and weapons could be easily moved to the Imam Ali military base using the crossing with Iraq.

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The discovery of the tunnel construction comes after a report last week in the New York Times indicated that Iran is secretly moving hundreds of short range missiles to Iraq that are capable of hitting Israel, Saudi Arabia and US troops in the region.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling contributed to this report.

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Former DOJ official: Durham’s reaction to IG report means ‘he’s got the goods on somebody’

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Former Justice Department official Ian Prior said on Tuesday that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation would potentially unveil evidence of surveillance abuse against President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign team.

“I think you’re going to see some indictments,” Prior said on “Fox & Friends,” referring to Durham as “non-partisan” and a “serious prosecutor.”

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In the hours after Durham announced he did not “agree” with key findings by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, speculation swirled over what he has uncovered in his own ongoing review into potential surveillance abuses against President Trump’s team.

Durham’s inquiry has had a broader scope than Horowitz’s, including a focus on foreign actors as well as the CIA, while Horowitz’s concentrated on the Department of Justice and FBI.

Prior said that, unlike Horowitz, Durham is not limited in scope to the existing DOJ or FBI officials. He said the striking statement by Durham Monday means “he’s got the goods on somebody.”

“Durham can subpoena former employees, former DOJ members; Durham can go and look at what the CIA was doing, what the [National Security Council] was doing, what foreign countries were doing. Durham’s scope is so much bigger,” Prior said.

In his report released Monday, Horowitz said his investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding efforts to launch the 2016 probe and to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the investigation. Still, it found that there were “significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised.”

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As Horowitz conducted his review of DOJ actions during the Russia probe, Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, conducted a wider inquiry into alleged misconduct and improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

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Fox News reported in October that Durham’s ongoing probe has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation.

Monday’s FISA report had long been expected. Horowitz in September submitted a draft to Attorney General William Barr and the FBI so they could identify any classified information. But it had not been publicly released until now.

Prior called the FBI’s overall handling of the Trump-Russia probe a “big problem for America.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Daniel Radcliffe Feels ‘Terrible’ For Meghan Markle Amid Her Press Battle

Actor Daniel Radcliffe said he feels terrible that Meghan Markle “is being treated to the full force of the British media.”  

The London-born Harry Potter star said in an interview with People Now that he has “a huge amount of respect and empathy for” members of the royal family, even though he doesn’t “take a huge interest” in them.

“I feel like really, you know, terrible for Meghan Markle,” Radcliffe said, adding that he was “picking up that Meghan Markle is being treated to the full force of the British media.” 

“That’s why I always thought their relationship was sweet. Because I was like, ‘She must love [Prince Harry], if she wants to get involved in this crazy life,’” Radcliffe said. “It must be insane.” 

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Getty Images The “Harry Potter” star expressed empathy for the former “Suits” actress in a new interview. 

Radcliffe joins a long list of celebrities who have spoken up on behalf of Meghan, including Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Jameela Jamil, Naomi Campbell and Helena Bonham Carter

The duchess is suing Associated Newspapers, the parent company of the Daily Mail and the Mail On Sunday, alleging “the intrusive and unlawful publication of a private letter,” between Meghan and her father, Thomas Markle. 

Harry, announcing the lawsuit in October, slammed the media in a searing letter denouncing how certain elements of the British press have treated the duchess. 

“My wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences — a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son,” the prince wrote. 

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Samir Hussein via Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Nov. 7 in London.  

Harry reminded people that there is a “human cost to this relentless propaganda” and invoked the memory of his mother, Princess Diana, and the punishing media coverage that preceded her 1997 death. 

“My deepest fear is history repeating itself,” Harry said in October. “I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person.”  

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Nancy Pelosi Announces Agreement On New North American Trade Pact

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

The California Democrat said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is a significant improvement over the original North American Free Trade Agreement, crediting Democratic negotiators for winning stronger provisions on enforcing the agreement.

“There is no question of course that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA,” Pelosi said in announcing the agreement, saying the pact is “infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration.”

Trump said the revamped trade pact will “be great” for the United States.

“It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions – tremendous support. Importantly, we will finally end our Country’s worst Trade Deal, NAFTA!,” the president said in a tweet.

In Mexico City, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday night that there would be a meeting of the three countries’ negotiating teams Tuesday “to announce the advances achieved” on the trade agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is slated to appear.

The announcement came on the same morning that Democrats outlined impeachment charges against Trump. The pact is Trump’s top Capitol Hill priority along with funding for his long-sought border fence.

Pelosi is the key congressional force behind the accord, which updates the 25-year-old NAFTA accord, which many Democrats — especially from manufacturing areas hit hard by trade-related job losses — have long lambasted.

Pelosi has negotiated with the administration extensively to win stronger enforcement provisions. Her efforts have appeared to build support among Democrats

“There are those who I read about in one place or another that say, ‘why would you give President Trump a victory?’” Pelosi said Monday night at a Wall Street Journal event for corporate executives. “Well, why wouldn’t we? This is the right thing to do for our trade situation, for our workers.”

NAFTA eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers involving the United States, Mexico and Canada. Critics, including Trump, labor unions and many Democratic lawmakers, branded the pact a job killer for the United States because it encouraged factories to move south of the border, capitalize on low-wage Mexican workers and ship products back to the U.S. duty free.

Weeks of back-and-forth, closely monitored by Democratic labor allies such as the AFL-CIO, have brought the two sides together. Pelosi is a longtime free trade advocate and supported the original NAFTA in 1994. Trump has accused Pelosi of being incapable of passing the agreement because she is too wrapped up in impeachment.

The original NAFTA badly divided Democrats but the new pact is more protectionist and labor-friendly, and Pelosi is confident it won’t divide the party, though some liberal activists took to social media to carp at the agreement.

“You don’t have to have unanimity, you just have to have consensus.” Pelosi said. “Once we go down that path we’ll be OK.”

“She worked to try and make sure people are making it better, make sure there aren’t people spun up,”said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., calling the new accord “a better end result.”

Republicans leaders and lawmakers have agitated for months for the accord but Pelosi has painstakingly worked to bring labor on board. Democrats see the pact as significantly better than NAFTA and an endorsement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka could be the key to winning significant Democratic support.

The pact contains provisions designed to nudge manufacturing back to the United States. For example, it requires that 40% to 45% of cars eventually be made in countries that pay autoworkers at least $16 an hour — that is, in the United States and Canada and not in Mexico.

The trade pact picked up some momentum after Mexico in April passed a labor-law overhaul required by USMCA. The reforms are meant to make it easier for Mexican workers to form independent unions and bargain for better pay and working conditions, narrowing the gap with the United States.

The end-stage talks focused on provisions to improve the enforcement of the accord.

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Timothée Chalamet Lost All Chill In Dinner With Kanye, Kim Kardashian, Pete Davidson

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The Academy Award nominee shared his account Monday of an epic dinner with Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson for Kid Cudi’s birthday earlier this year.

It started as dinner with just Kid Cudi, then grew with celebrity wattage from there. Especially with the arrival of the Wests.

“It feels like there’s an earthquake in the restaurant,” Chalamet said on “The Tonight Show.”

The 23-year-old actor said he felt like “a fraud” in the moment and repaired to the bathroom to text a few friends and and ask, “Does this make sense?”

Their answer was that the old Chalamet would slap sense into himself and get back to the table. The actor did just that and eventually got into the flow of the evening.

Looking back on his freakout, the performer told host Jimmy Fallon: “It’s not a healthy way to deal with it.”

Watch Chalamet tell the story above.

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New York Jets’ Le’Veon Bell seen at bowling alley with alcohol night before missing game because of flu: report

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New York Jets’ star running back Le’Veon Bell is striking out with fans after he was spotted bowling in New Jersey, despite being out with the flu the night before his team struggled to get a win against the even worse off Miami Dolphins.

Bell did not participate in Thursday and Friday’s practice because of an illness and on Saturday he was officially ruled out for Sunday’s game against Miami because of the flu, head coach Adam Gase said.

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But on Saturday, Bell was pictured at Boonton Lanes in New Jersey from approximately 10:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., when the bowling alley closes, the New York Post reported, citing sources.

The report alleges that Bell had alcohol on his table but it was not immediately clear if he was drinking himself.

The Jets went on to beat the Dolphins 22-21 because of a 44-yard field goal that was set up by a controversial pass interference call against Miami. This win comes as the Jets tried to redeem themselves after previously losing to the Dolphins, who now have a record of 3-10. The Jets improved their record to 5-8.

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The team declined to comment to the Post Monday but Gase said during a press conference that Bell was “pretty close to 100 percent” and was expected to return to training this week.

Bell previously played for the Pittsburgh Steelers but was signed by the Jets in March under a $52.5 million contract. Rumors have swirled that an underperforming Bell may be traded in the offseason despite having a $13 million guarantee on his contract, the Post reported.

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House Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats announced on Tuesday that they would move ahead this week with two articles of impeachment charging President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, as they accused him of violating the Constitution by pressuring Ukraine for help in the 2020 election.

Speaking from a wood-paneled reception room just off the floor of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders of six key committees said that Mr. Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, and his efforts to block Congress’s attempt to investigate, had left them no choice but to pursue one of the Constitution’s gravest remedies. The move will bring a sitting president to the brink of impeachment for only the fourth time in American history.

“Today, in service to our duty to the Constitution, and to our country, the House Committee on Judiciary is introducing two articles of impeachment charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the panel’s chairman. He stood before four American flags and a portrait of George Washington.

“Our president holds the ultimate public trust,” Mr. Nadler said. “When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy, and he endangers our national security.”

The announcement comes a day after Democrats summed up the central allegations in their impeachment case against Mr. Trump: that he pressured Ukraine to announce investigations into his political rivals while withholding as leverage a coveted White House meeting for its president and $391 million in critical security assistance. His actions, they argued in a lengthy hearing at the Judiciary Committee, had placed the president’s personal political interests above those of the country, threatening the integrity of the election and national security in the process.

After more than two months of investigating the Ukraine matter, and a year of confrontation between the Democratic House and Mr. Trump, the impeachment process is now likely to unfold quickly. The Judiciary Committee plans to promptly begin debating the articles as soon as Wednesday, and could vote by Thursday to recommend them to the full House of Representatives for final approval. If the House follows through as expected next week, Mr. Trump could stand trial in the Senate early in the new year.

The Judiciary Committee planned to publicly release text of the articles later on Tuesday. While individual lawmakers will be able to propose amendments to the articles during this week’s debate and potentially force a committee vote on additional charges, they are not expected to substantively change.

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee who oversaw the House’s Ukraine investigation, sought to forcefully dismiss complaints that the House was moving too quickly toward impeachment, a little more than two months after opening their inquiry.

“The argument ‘why don’t you just wait’ amounts to this: Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election? Why not let him cheat just one more time? Why not let him have foreign help just one more time?”

The Democrats indicated that they would forgo another possible article under discussion in recent weeks that would have charged Mr. Trump with obstruction of justice based on his attempts to thwart Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russian election interference in 2016. That decision reflected a calculated move by Democrats to push forward with a narrow case against Mr. Trump based on his dealings with Ukraine, after some of their moderate lawmakers in conservative-leaning districts signaled they would not support a broader set of charges.

Though the details differ substantially, the articles of impeachment Democrats outlined on Tuesday echo those the Judiciary Committee approved in 1974 charging President Richard M. Nixon with abuse of power, obstruction of justice and contempt of Congress. Mr. Nixon resigned before the full House had a chance to vote on the articles, amid clear indications that the charges had broad support from members of both parties.

There is less overlap with the other modern presidential impeachment. In 1998, the House approved impeachment articles charging President Bill Clinton with perjury and obstruction of justice. Two other counts, of perjury and abuse of power, failed in votes on the House floor. It was that kind of split decision that Democratic leaders are determined to avoid this time around.

With all but a handful of House Republicans firmly united behind Mr. Trump, the charges Democrats have settled on are all but certain to face monolithic Republican opposition. If that does not change, and Mr. Trump continues a defiant defense, the impeachment vote against him could take place strictly along party lines, save for one independent, Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, who has signaled he will join Democrats.

The impeachment effort would also face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it would take the support of two-thirds of the chamber to convict Mr. Trump and remove him from office — a highly unlikely scenario, particularly in an election year.

A little more than an hour before Democrats’ announcement, Mr. Trump declared on Twitter that it was “sheer Political Madness” to impeach a president who has done “NOTHING wrong” and overseen “perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history.” And after it concluded, he wrote on the platform that the Democrats’ charge that he sought Ukraine’s election interference was “ridiculous” and pointed to a statement from Ukraine’s leader that he did not feel pressured to investigate the Bidens.

The manager of his re-election campaign, Brad Parscale, called the decision to move ahead deeply “divisive.”

“Americans don’t agree with this rank partisanship, but Democrats are putting on this political theater because they don’t have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it,” he said in a statement.

Democratic lawyers for the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee, which carried out the Ukraine inquiry, forcefully argued for the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges during a hearing on Monday.

Citing testimony from senior diplomats and White House officials, they accused Mr. Trump and his agents of pressuring Ukraine’s president to announce investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and an unsupported claim that Democrats conspired with Ukraine to interfere in the 2016 election. As part of the scheme, they asserted, Mr. Trump withheld a White House meeting and nearly $400 million in security assistance for the country as leverage.

They also said that Mr. Trump had systematically sought to halt their investigation by ordering government officials not to testify and refusing to hand over documents subpoenaed by the House related to the Ukraine matter.

Republicans pushed back against both conclusions, arguing that Democrats had manufactured a scandal to satiate their hunger to impeach Mr. Trump, a president whose policies they despise. They argued that the evidence gathered by the House had not proved Mr. Trump was acting to benefit himself politically when he pressed Ukraine to announce investigations into his political adversaries.

The decision to forgo a vote on an article of impeachment based on obstruction of justice was not entirely unexpected. House Democrats have debated ever since Mr. Mueller’s report became public last spring whether the behavior detailed — including 10 possible instances of obstruction — warranted such action. The issue never unified their caucus in the way the Ukraine allegations have.

Progressive lawmakers including Mr. Nadler pushed repeatedly to include an article on obstruction of justice related in the final impeachment case against Mr. Trump. But the resistance by moderates would have risked splitting the party in a vote on the House floor.

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‘Nuclear battlefield’ revealed as scientists map Bikini Atoll test craters and sunken warships

For the first time, scientists have conducted extensive mapping of the seafloor at Bikini Atoll, the remote Pacific Ocean testing site for atomic bombs between 1946 and 1954.

The research was revealed Monday at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

“The bomb testing sunk ships and created large craters on the seafloor,” explained researchers from the University of Delaware in an abstract of their research. “New discoveries include subtle bedforms visible on the seabed from the Baker bomb test, a 21 kiloton detonation, providing new insights into the forces that shaped the seabed from the blast.”

The study, authored by Arthur Trembanis, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Delaware and doctoral student Carter DuVal, describes the site as “the world’s first simulated nuclear battlefield.”

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Conducted in 1946 as part of Operation Crossroads, the Baker test produced a giant mushroom cloud that was captured in iconic photographs. The test’s devastating impact on the seabed was clearly revealed in the mapping project. The Baker test crater is about 8 meters (26.2 feet) deep with a diameter of around 700 meters or 2,297 feet.

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This U.S. Navy handout image shows Baker, the second of the two atomic bomb tests, in which a 63-kiloton warhead was exploded 90 feet under water as part of Operation Crossroads, conducted at Bikini Atoll in July 1946. (Reuters/U.S. Navy)

“The Baker crater is flat floored, evidence of back filling as the ejecta settled in after the explosion,” the researchers explain. “A new discovery is that there are subtle but coherent bedform features visible on the seabed that radiate away from the center of the impact crater.”

Experts, however, were unable to find any seabed evidence of the Able test, a 21-kiloton aerial explosion that was also conducted in 1946 as part of Operation Crossroads. But they did find evidence of the 1954 Castle Bravo test, a 15-megaton hydrogen fusion bomb test that obliterated three islands.

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The flat-bottomed Castle Bravo crater is 25 to 30m (82 to 98.4 feet) deep and has a diameter of 1,400m (4,593 feet).

A dozen shipwrecks were also revealed in the mapping project.

In separate research, scientists have revealed that radiation levels in parts of the Marshalls Islands, where the tests took place, have higher radiation levels than the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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