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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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03/07/2020 2:30 PM

735 comments

  • Victor J.
    2 days

    U.S.A is always getting into shit!!!. Lies always lie's just like Donald trump.

  • Mahomed S.
    2 days

    The french also did something similar ... Tks to remaind us about !

  • Israel A.
    2 days

    I am not surprised

  • Nikos P.
    3 days

    The legacy of cancer

  • Nikos P.
    3 days

    Nuclear power

  • Mick S.
    3 days

    Who's fault is that. It's comeuppance

  • Encik F.
    3 days

    And yet these animals shouting about climate control

  • Wiley B.
    4 days

    Bomb nuclear stroyed anything.

  • Richard C.
    4 days

    The sea isn't rising anymore than it always has been.

  • Raymond H.
    4 days

    USA hypocrisy

  • Abdul Q.
    4 days

    Why didn't they buried it on American soil

  • Krishna R.
    4 days

    How can anyone call this the greatest country in the world?!

  • Azka T.
    4 days

    Americans 🤣

  • Graham R.
    4 days

    What is the name of the music

  • Zaki S.
    4 days

    Land of the bravest 👀

  • A K.
    4 days

    Still USA is great😂

  • Anthony L.
    5 days

    Because of age and material issues. Technically back when it was constructed wasn't made to have it last more than so many years

  • Hasibul H.
    5 days

    Thanks America 🙂

  • Mark C.
    5 days

    They are accusing some countries(especially Iraq) about the weapon of mass destruction to support their claims to invade a country but they themselves is on top on creating it. Haysss, well they are the second eagle-head empire prophecied by Prophet Ezra. We are in the last century folks.

  • Temjen I.
    5 days

    Knowledge created nuclear weapons but no wisdom to warn the threats...

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