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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

486 comments

  • Haroon A.
    6 days

    america is the waste itself

  • Jay R.
    09/12/2020 21:02

    American legacy at its finest

  • Paul G.
    09/09/2020 06:50

    Everything relates to "global warming", an agenda-driven narrative. And, this agenda is absolutely not scientific. As soon as I saw your reference to that which is false, I stopped watching the video. Clean it up, and you will have more viewers. Make it true.

  • Sam M.
    09/09/2020 01:21

    Maybe whoever brut is should go fix it

  • Nikesh V.
    09/07/2020 02:33

    Why not spend to eject these waste out into outer space .. Out of earth orbit?

  • Micheal J.
    09/03/2020 14:17

    I once had watched or maybe read something about nuclear waste and that water is an excellent insulator of radioactivity. So maybe it is better for it to just let it get submerged by the sea

  • Siobhan N.
    09/03/2020 03:24

    We will kill ourselves and this planet.100%

  • Thianrouklian Z.
    09/01/2020 12:13

    The music is so annoying.

  • Mrush T.
    08/31/2020 01:41

    No apology is needed. A solution to get rid of those is what needed to be done. Btw, there's an option to bury those to the deepest part of the option right? Like it's safer and they just have to cover it with cement before dropping it?

  • Peter K.
    08/30/2020 10:29

    We already know the American Gov is really shit.

  • Kelly N.
    08/29/2020 22:26

    😲

  • Paul B.
    08/29/2020 12:16

    It could be worse, it could be the Russian nuclear waste - some in Siberia, a lot on rotting nuclear submarines and icebreakers moored in various places in the Arctic Ocean.

  • Aroti B.
    08/28/2020 10:42

    Wow amazing

  • Le E.
    08/28/2020 01:20

    Tooo damn demon late...why US humannuse this nuke for killling us All ???sooon zumbie resident evil will reign...this rootin planet.

  • Keith S.
    08/24/2020 19:41

    What an absolute load of sh*t.

  • James L.
    08/23/2020 19:16

    Oh, just great! What next?

  • Gert-Jan V.
    08/23/2020 13:12

    Poluter pays

  • Georgi A.
    08/23/2020 12:27

    I hope when it is cracked the waste to get back to where it comes from.

  • Derek W.
    08/23/2020 04:40

    crap....all recorded raw data proves sea levels are not rising and better than that ,the Marshall Islands have risen from the sea floor by over 30cms. This has increased the area of the Islands by 10%.sea levels : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mjOmsqIibk

  • Aser C.
    08/22/2020 16:52

    Nani that thick get krak 🤦

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