The Pacific’s Nuclear Timebomb – Halfway between Australia and Hawaii, the Marshall Islands is home to an atomic history.
The Pacific paradise of Enewtak Atoll harbours a devastating secret – the toxic legacy of American nuclear testing.
Between 1946 and 1958, the US military tested 43 nuclear bombs in the Pacific. Now a concrete dome – 46cm thick – seals 80,000 cubic meters of radioactive waste on the deserted island of Runit. But the dome is not working. Rising sea levels threaten to flush a vast stash of highly radioactive plutonium into the Pacific Ocean.
This is not the only fallout – the soldiers who cleaned up the mess and the Marshallese islanders are abandoned by a government refusing any responsibility.