Exploring Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands is an island country, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands situated near the equator in the Pacific Ocean.  The country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia in geographical placement and with a population of around 53,000 people that inhibits 29 coral atolls, comprising 1,156 separate islands and islets. There are Hidden islands that belong to the Marshall Islands that can only be viewed in the air as it is hazardous for people to set foot in.

Cactus Dome

Cactus dome is an enormous concrete structure built over a nuclear crater.

The US military organized atmospheric nuclear tests over the “Pacific Proving Grounds,” counted at 105, between the years 1946 and 1962. For the Marshall Islands people and several other nearby South Pacific atolls, the act is a euphemism.

The US government dug up 111,000 cubic yards of soil from the Bikini and Rongelap atolls in an effort to clean up the radioactive debris left by those explosions and deposited it on Runit Island in the late 1970s. Code-named Cactus – is the resting place of these debris a 350-foot wide crater that been made two decades earlier by an 18-kiloton nuclear test.

It cost the government just about a quarter of a billion dollars and spent three years to finish to cover up that giant radioactive pit. This project resulted in a huge, consisting of 358 gigantic concrete panels, foot-and-a-half-thick, 100,000-square-foot dome. It is still possible to make land on Runit and a quick stopover at Cactus Dome despite signs warning off visitors. Bring a Geiger counter if you’d like to visit Cactus Dome.

Bikini Atoll

Located about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, Bikini Atoll is a Micronesian Island chain and is what should be a heavenly place on Earth. In 1946, the United States took possession of the islands and its residents were forcibly relocated 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.

Bikini is pristine and beautiful when viewed from the sky. Since the explosions and is lush and green, the plant life has regrown unchecked. It gives the illusion that civilization still exists on the land as there exist visible remains of houses, towns, and graveyards.  There is reborn of the coral reefs and the large lagoon is inviting and clear. This island chain has plenty of money-making potentials and looks hungry for tourists. Bikini Atoll hides its secrets well from the aerial view.

Twenty-three members of a Japanese fishing boat crew supposedly at a safe distance were contaminated by the blast during the first practical test of a hydrogen bomb at Bikini and the scandal that shocked the nation was a legend. This became the inspiration for the movie Godzilla which a radioactive monster rises from a US nuclear test and attacks Japan. If not for the deadly, invisible poisons contaminating both the land and sea,  fans of the cult film could visit the origin of the classic.

The US prematurely regarded the islands safe in 1968, permitting residents to reside in their homes and restore their towns. The residents had to be removed again as detected that radiation levels and related chemical strains rose to high-risk unhealthy levels in their bloodstreams.

The United States compensates the survivors and residents who will likely never be able to go home again up to this day, and the islands remain a divine abode of beauty and potential that no one can tell that it can safely be experienced and inhabited.