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.


03/07/2020 2:30 PM


  • Christiawan H.
    a day

    America always america

  • Romel O.
    04/01/2021 02:40

    US goverment is the number one enemy of the world.

  • Leslie B.
    03/14/2021 03:17

    Irresponsible and sad that everyone will pay the price for nuclear waste. It's not contained forever😡

  • Vijay M.
    02/18/2021 15:06

    Playing with nature is harmful.

  • Kuldeep V.
    02/13/2021 10:59

  • Christian B.
    02/12/2021 16:44

    Whoever put it there needs to maintain it.

  • Andy J.
    02/10/2021 11:33

    A dome??? This is simply an unexploded nuclear bomb crater that was used. Hardly a proper storage!! The united states is responsible for this ongoing ecological disaster and refuses to properly clean the site up....hell, Russia has done a better job at containing Chernobyl than the usa has done cleaning up the marshall islands....

  • Dýlæñ W.
    01/23/2021 00:27

    Nuclear waste can be repurposed

  • Stephen F.
    01/11/2021 21:34


  • Kjiell T.
    01/11/2021 08:38


  • Timmy T.
    01/09/2021 01:49

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

  • Rajeev K.
    01/08/2021 14:55

    They always speaking about human rights..😂😂😂

  • Victor D.
    01/08/2021 06:33

    Shoot the 'waste' into the sun ...

  • Carter I.
    01/01/2021 06:33

    Rising sea levels 🤣😂🤣😂

  • Robert L.
    12/30/2020 07:15

    That's in a hundred years who cares

  • Jeff W.
    12/30/2020 01:34

    Fck off

  • Robert J.
    12/28/2020 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.
    12/27/2020 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.
    12/20/2020 22:53

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

  • Jerry G.
    12/20/2020 18:12

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

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