This day commemorates the victims and survivors of nuclear testing done in the area in the s. From to the USA tested 67 nuclear weapons there. It was considered, that the Marshall Islands were one of the most contaminated places in the world, that is why the islanders suffered the testing. Early in the morning on March 1, , the hydrogen bomb, code named Bravo, was detonated on the surface of the reef in the northwestern corner of Bikini Atoll. The area was illuminated by a huge and expanding flash of blinding light.
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Nuclear Testing Marshall Islands
Marshallese youth commemorate the aftermath of the March 1, detonation of the Castle Bravo test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. MEI Video. On March 1, , the United States detonated its largest thermonuclear device, Castle Bravo, which at 15 megatons, was 1, times the force of the first tests on Bikini in and that of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in Above, list of islands and atolls receiving fallout from tests.
Yet the two are intimately connected — le bikini was revealed at a public pool in Paris on 5 July , four days after the globally publicised Able Atomic Test explosion was unleashed at Bikini Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands Figure 1. Ironically, the bathing costume would, during the s, come to be associated with untouched and romanticised sun-drenched tropical islands. The reality of humanly-willed catastrophe of bomb testing on Bikini Atoll between and was the deaths of, and ill-health effects for, Marshallese, American and Japanese people.