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The world may have narrowly averted a serious nuclear accident in February when US scientists managed to get a deposit of enriched uranium out of Chile in the midst of a massive earthquake, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow told viewers Tuesday night.
Maddow reported on revelations in a Time magazine article that US officials were secretly engaged in removing from the country 40 pounds of enriched uranium -- the material needed for nuclear weapons and nuclear power generation -- when the 8.8-magnitude quake struck.
The earthquake occurred barely 12 hours after US and Chilean scientists had secured
For the past 14 years, U.S. teams like the one in Chile have been engaged in a race against terrorists to gain control of the global supply of HEU — the compound from which a nuclear bomb can be most easily fabricated.