retrospectives: algeria


The sun casts beautiful light on a castle in Algiers. 

This castle marks some of the most important history of the city of Algiers embodied in the extensions of the city and the Casbah towards the sea in the Ottoman period (between the sixteenth and nineteenth century).

قصر الرياس

ⵄⴽⵀⴰⵎ ⵏ ⵄⴳⵓⴻⵍⵍⵉⴷ

Algiers, 2016 

Failure of containment during an underground nuclear test of French Atomic bomb, In Eker Algeria, 1962

The “Béryl incident” was a French nuclear test, conducted on May 1, 1962, during which nine soldiers of the 621st Groupe d'Armes Spéciales unit were heavily contaminated by radioactivity.The test took place at In Eker, Algeria, then a French department, and was designed as an underground shaft test.Due to improper sealing of the shaft, radioactive rock and dust were released into the atmosphere. The soldiers were exposed to as much as 600 mSv. As many as 100 additional personnel were exposed to lower levels of radiation, estimated at about 50 mSv, when the radioactive cloud produced by the blast passed over the command post, due to an unexpected change in wind direction. Among those exposed were several French government officials, including French Defense Minister Pierre Messmer and Gaston Palewski.