On September 22, 1979, a nuclear bomb test occurred between Bouvetøya and Marion Island. No-one ever claimed responsibility for the test, though suspicion has fallen on South Africa. The test was detected by satellite, and radioactive debris was later detected by personnel at Mawson and Casey, Australian Antarctic Territory.
The island is rarely visited, but two events in its history are rather mysterious. First, a sunken lifeboat and assorted supplies were discovered on the island in 1964, but their origin could not be determined. Then, in September 1979, a thermonuclear bomb blast was detected to the west of Bouvetoya, though no country ever admitted to setting off a nuclear device there.
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