World: Two Kinds of Test

As fallout from Russia's 30-megaton bomb drifted eastward from Novaya Zemlya last week, few governments acted so elaborately unconcerned as the satellite regimes. But Eastern Europe's people showed their alarm by buying up prodigious quantities of table salt in the widespread (and erroneous) belief that a salt rub is the best protection against radioactivity.

On the Iron Curtain's other side, nations close to the test site, or in the path of fallout, took other precautions. The Finns laid off reindeer meat for fear arctic herds had been contaminated. Swedes were engaged in a...

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