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The Pacific’s Nuclear Timebomb

2018-10-01T12:16:37+00:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: News from Micronesia, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: |

The Pacific’s Nuclear Timebomb –  Halfway between Australia and Hawaii, the Marshall Islands is home to an atomic history.

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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.

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