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.


07/03/2020 14:30


  • Stephen F.
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  • Timmy T.
    09/01/2021 01:49

    We truly are going to be the destroyers of our own species

  • Rajeev K.
    08/01/2021 14:55

    They always speaking about human rights..😂😂😂

  • Victor D.
    08/01/2021 06:33

    Shoot the 'waste' into the sun ...

  • Carter I.
    01/01/2021 06:33

    Rising sea levels 🤣😂🤣😂

  • Robert L.
    30/12/2020 07:15

    That's in a hundred years who cares

  • Jeff W.
    30/12/2020 01:34

    Fck off

  • Robert J.
    28/12/2020 02:08

    Arrogant us bastards everything is there's always full of themselves and now with Biden in charge its only going to get worse

  • Lynette S.
    27/12/2020 12:05

    The US Government used The Marshall Island land, US must be responsible for the damage they caused. Q why isn't this happening?

  • Joe S.
    20/12/2020 22:53

    Dis is wat d american represent! while claming 2b democracy champions.

  • Jerry G.
    20/12/2020 18:12

    Who believes this crap. If you do, just drink the coolaid!

  • Darren L.
    20/12/2020 10:24

    Don't blame anybody those finger printing days are over . Unite and fix government environment and ourself .

  • Rod E.
    19/12/2020 07:17

    Just stop already. Global warming IS NOT CAUSING THIS

  • Ly M.
    15/12/2020 04:19

    Thanks to USA ...the world still suffer until now.

  • Jmr C.
    15/12/2020 03:35

    US apologising? Nahhh

  • Farrace T.
    13/12/2020 03:35

    Ahh...America, the only country that can get away with anything... War crimes, human rights violations, Iraq war destruction that ultimately leads to Middle East unstable until today and now environment destruction...

  • John C.
    11/12/2020 19:41

    Bob Hope’s statement is sadly so true “as soon as the war ended, we found the one spot on Earth that had been untouched by the war and blew it to hell”

  • Charles E.
    10/12/2020 23:12

    My father was part of the island testing, after ww2. Project sandstone.he died at 40 years old from contamination of fallout effects

  • Muhamad F.
    10/12/2020 10:03

    US please clean your Sh!t