Seventy years have passed since those promises, and the chain of islands remain deserted. Although residents are desperate to return, it appears the time has not yet come for the long-anticipated homecoming. A study published this week said the remote atoll may still be too radioactive for inhabitation. Researchers who traveled to Bikini last year discovered radiation levels higher than those allowed by minimum safety standards. However, neighboring atolls were significantly less nuclear -- a positive sign after decades of upheaval for the region's former residents. In , the U. On March 1, , the U.
70 Years Later, Bikini Atoll May Still Be Too Radioactive For Resettlement
70 Years Later, Bikini Atoll May Still Be Too Radioactive For Resettlement | HuffPost
By Cheyenne Macdonald For Dailymail. Between and , the United States conducted 67 nuclear explosive tests at the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Now, researchers from Columbia University have tested the area for harmful radiation to determine that the islands can now be considered habitable — all but Bikini Atoll. Bikini Atoll was the site of twenty-three tests during the twelve year period, including the devastating detonation of a hydrogen bomb on March 1, Scroll down for video. Bikini Atoll, pictured left, was the site of twenty-three tests during the twelve year period, including the devastating detonation of a hydrogen bomb on March 1,
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing blooming back to life, 70 years after the United States dropped 23 nuclear bombs on it, including a device in that was 1,times larger than the Hiroshima atom bomb. A team of scientists from Stanford University have been surprised to discover an abundance of marine life apparently thriving in the crater of Bikini Atoll, which was declared a nuclear wasteland after the bombings, with its inhabitants relocated to other islands. Animals studied by scientists in and around the Chernobyl blast showed deformities and mutations, but the Stanford teams initial research suggest the marine life in Bikini may have fared significantly better. Palumbi said to the naked eye the crabs, fish and coral of Bikini Atoll look perfectly normal and healthy, and some of the coral has been around for decades — with evidence it may have begun growing as soon as 10 years after the last bombs were dropped.
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