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US Navy’s powerful shock exercise harms marine mammals, expert says

Recent blast registered as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake off Florida coast and is enough to have outsized effects on marine life in area The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford completed the first scheduled explosive event of full ship shock trials in the Atlantic Ocean, on 18 June 2021. Photograph: Us Navy/MC3 RILEY MCDOWELL HANDOUT/EPA The US navy set off a massive explosion last week, detonating a 40,000lb blast as part of a test to determine whether its newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Fo