The awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is resonating in the Marshall Islands, boosting hopes there will be no repeat of its exposure to radiation from nearly 70 U. A fisherman who suffered radiation sickness after a U. Matashichi Oishi wants the 2-ton stone, which has already been carved, to be placed on Former fishermen caught up in the U. H-bomb test on Bikini Atoll back in sue the government for hiding data on their exposure for decades. Former Japanese fishermen plan to seek compensation from the Japanese government for keeping undisclosed for decades records of their radiation exposure linked to a series of U. About 20 people, including relatives of deceased fishermen, are
Coral flourishing at Bikini Atoll atomic test site - Reuters
On the morning of 1 July , a second sun rose over the remote Pacific island chain of Bikini Atoll. Now it was a bomb site. The Bikini islanders had agreed to a series of nuclear tests on their islands believing they would be able to return as soon as the experiments ended. Instead, they began a nomadic existence that would see them starve on atolls too small and sparse to sustain them, and sicken from lingering radiation on others.
Its name evokes beautiful women in tiny bathing suits on a tropical paradise in the water, and its location mirrors the sentiment. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Bikini Atoll is a Micronesian Island chain located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, and is what should be a heavenly place on Earth. However, its residents were forcibly relocated when the United States took possession of the islands in , and over the next 12 years, the US sent 23 nuclear bombs raining down on this slice of paradise, rendering it uninhabitable to this day.
The atoll's inhabitants were relocated in , after which the islands and lagoon were the site of 23 nuclear tests by the United States until Three families were resettled on Bikini island in , totaling about residents. But scientists found dangerously high levels of strontium in well water in May , and the residents were carrying abnormally high concentrations of caesium in their bodies. They were removed in