The haute beachwear known as the bikini was named after a string of islands turned into a nuclear wasteland by atomic bomb testing. The Bikini Atoll—a series of limestone formations in the Pacific Ocean that comprise part of the Marshall Islands—is, or rather was, a tropical paradise. Between and , the United States military detonated several nuclear bombs in the area, wiping out plants and wildlife, and leaving behind a toxic wasteland. That tumultuous history is now preserved in haunting photos, diaries, papers and studies, assembled by the University of Washington into the Lauren L. The colonial history of the Bikini Atoll and the Marshall Islands is somewhat shorter than many other tropical nations. The first Christian missionaries arrived on the islands in , the German traders in the s, and the Japanese in
Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
After the displacement of the local inhabitants, 67 nuclear tests were carried out from to , including the explosion of the first H-bomb Bikini Atoll has conserved direct tangible evidence that is highly significant in conveying the power of the nuclear tests, i. Equivalent to 7, times the force of the Hiroshima bomb, the tests had major consequences on the geology and natural environment of Bikini Atoll and on the health of those who were exposed to radiation. Through its history, the atoll symbolises the dawn of the nuclear age, despite its paradoxical image of peace and of earthly paradise. In het kielzog van de Tweede Wereldoorlog en in de aanloop naar de Koude Oorlog, besloten de Verenigde Staten van Amerika om kernproeven in de Stille Oceaan voort te zetten op het Bikini atol van de Marshall eilanden. Na de verplaatsing van de bewoners werden 67 nucleaire testen uitgevoerd van tot , waaronder de explosie van de eerste waterstofbom in De gevolgen zijn duidelijk zichtbaar; gezonken schepen en de gigantische Bravo krater.
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.
The date was 25 July The location - Bikini Atoll. The event - only the fifth A-bomb explosion and the first-ever detonation under water. The pictures we've all seen: A giant mushroom cloud climbing out of the Pacific, sweeping up ships that had been deliberately left in harm's way to see what nuclear war was capable of. Two American tests, Able and Baker, were conducted at the atoll in what became known as Operation Crossroads.