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Leaking nuclear waste dome in the Marshall Islands

This dome contains tons of radioactive waste — and it's starting to crack… Here's the threatening legacy of years of US nuclear testing.

Leaking nuclear waste?!

What’s happening to the Marshall Islands?

The Marshall Islands, an archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, were originally supervised by the United States from 1947 to 1986 along with the Marianas and the Carolines (excluding Guam). Since declaring itself a presidential republic with free association with the United States, the Marshall Islands have membership in the United Nations and the Pacific Community. However, the United States used this relationship to their advantage. Between 1946 and 1958, the Pentagon dropped 67 nuclear bombs, tested a dozen biological weapons and dumped tons of irradiated soil from Nevada on the archipelago.

The United States then gathered the most radioactive waste in this crater sealed with a dome. This crater, called the "Runit Dome,” is threatening to crack open because of global warming. Radioactive materials are already leaking out and the soil around the dome is highly contaminated. This so-called “tomb” is the legacy of American nuclear testing during the Cold War. Nowadays, the dome is at risk of collapsing under the pressure of rising sea levels. In fact, the Marshall Islands could be entirely submerged by the end of the century, all 70 square miles of them. With the 2018 census reporting a population of around 58,500 people, many homes and lives would be lost.

Too late to say sorry?

The American government maintains that responsibility for the dome now lies with the Marshall Islands. The Marshallese government contests this and is trying to obtain compensation for the health and environmental effects of the nuclear testing. Although the American Congress launched an inquiry into the risk that this dome represents in December 2019, to this day, the United States have never officially apologized to the Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands currently have laws in place to protect the environment including a $10 thousand penalty fee for each day that the hazardous waste violation continues.

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07/03/2020 2:30 PM

863 comments

  • Romaners S.
    2 days

    American again,,, you got a lot of mess you make us like a garbage bin and you are the garbage that put on it into us...your a beast men, you are the beast that written in the Bible

  • Corinne M.
    3 days

    I lived on Majuro from 1968 to 1972. A kinder, gentler, sweeter people could never be found anywhere in the world. They do NOT deserve the mistreatment that has, and continues to be, heaped upon them by the US government.

  • Annas R.
    6 days

    music name?

  • Fernando F.
    23/11/2021 03:29

    Bad government

  • Sean S.
    19/11/2021 08:33

    We hold you responsible

  • Sean S.
    19/11/2021 08:33

    Wrong people

  • Sean S.
    19/11/2021 08:33

    You bastards

  • Ilias N.
    18/11/2021 04:11

    Oxi re pousth mou

  • Gene S.
    17/11/2021 04:30

    Global warming . It’s against the ocean it’s called erosion . Everyone goes to the Grand Canyon to marvel at erosion . Water will always erode anything it touches .

  • Davion C.
    17/11/2021 00:54

    Unknown fact ever man that workerd on the building of the done died of radiation poisoning

  • Adam L.
    15/11/2021 01:48

    There are a lot of people in these comments live in countries that are too weak for them to be talking shit about the US.

  • Ashley M.
    14/11/2021 13:36

    Well why did you put it there ?

  • Matt M.
    14/11/2021 04:19

    “Could be entirely submerged by the end of the century”. Yeah - give me one article on anthropogenic climate change that doesn’t use words like could, maybe, might, perhaps, possibly, or anything which involves uncertainty. This is where it is no longer science and is only a religious cult.

  • Minh B.
    13/11/2021 17:53

    Why I didnt hear anything about Russia nuclear tested when Russia nuclear war heads more then US… Just wondering ok.

  • Hector C.
    13/11/2021 12:37

    Why are plants still alive?

  • Alex P.
    13/11/2021 00:11

    Global warming to blame, my ass.

  • CJ B.
    12/11/2021 20:38

    Idiots!

  • Justin F.
    10/11/2021 23:18

    This is what America really looks like. Blow up an entire island for years, all for a pissing match with Russia, then put the blame and responsibility upon the people who the American government destroyed. And this is the tip of the iceberg.

  • Dobbin S.
    09/11/2021 00:20

    Bullshit. Global warming! At least the last 10 years have been getting cooler. Stop the crap alarmism.

  • Todd M.
    05/11/2021 22:54

    Oh yes global warming caused this problem!!!! BS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Detonating a nuclear weapon and crappy engineering and disposal techniques are causing the problem. The media and leftist agendas are always putting out BS information.

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