After the Second World War , the atoll's inhabitants were relocated in , after which the islands and lagoon were the site of 23 nuclear tests by the United States until Three families were resettled on Bikini island in , totaling about residents. But scientists found dangerously high levels of strontium in well water in May , and the residents were carrying abnormally high concentrations of caesium in their bodies. They were evacuated in The atoll is occasionally visited today by divers and a few scientists, and is occupied by a handful of caretakers.
By Susanne Rust. Photography and videography by Carolyn Cole. F ive thousand miles west of Los Angeles and miles north of the equator, on a far-flung spit of white coral sand in the central Pacific, a massive, aging and weathered concrete dome bobs up and down with the tide. Here in the Marshall Islands, Runit Dome holds more than 3. Nowhere else has the United States saddled another country with so much of its nuclear waste, a product of its Cold War atomic testing program.
How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster
Overview of the U. Joseph de Bruhm was born and raised here. He was just under 25 years old when it happened. There was no warning. On the 28th of February, , the sky that had always been so peaceful was transformed into a towering inferno.
Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll consisted of the detonation of 23 nuclear weapons by the United States between and on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Tests occurred at 7 test sites on the reef itself, on the sea, in the air, and underwater. The United States was engaged in a Cold War nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union to build more advanced bombs from until The second, Baker , was suspended under a barge. It produced a large Wilson cloud and contaminated all of the target ships.