Operation Crossroads, which had its first big event—the dropping of a nuclear bomb—on July 1, , was just the beginning of the nuclear testing that Bikini Atoll would be subjected to. When the first bomb of the tests dropped, it was the first time since the attacks on Japan that a nuclear weapon had been deployed. Here are three things you might not know about the infamous tests:. The test subjects were ghost ships full of animals.
Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll
Welcome to Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll is a coral reef that vivaciously spreads across the Marshal Islands in the Pacific Ocean. This is one of the most exotic places in the world which has now been completely disrupted by human experiments. This amazing piece of the Earth became a focus for nuclear testing and lost it aura completely. The destruction was so complete that it caused the radioactive elements to spread into the ecosystem. Here is what happened to the Bikini Atoll. The Bikini Atoll had skilled cultivators and fishermen. It was one-of-a-kind of Heaven on Earth, and the people there loved the serenity.
'Quite odd': coral and fish thrive on Bikini Atoll 70 years after nuclear tests
Seventy years have passed since those promises, and the chain of islands remain deserted. Although residents are desperate to return, it appears the time has not yet come for the long-anticipated homecoming. A study published this week said the remote atoll may still be too radioactive for inhabitation. Researchers who traveled to Bikini last year discovered radiation levels higher than those allowed by minimum safety standards. However, neighboring atolls were significantly less nuclear -- a positive sign after decades of upheaval for the region's former residents.
The atoll was used for peacetime atomic explosions conducted for experimental purposes by the United States between and Lying north of the Equator, Bikini is miles km northwest of Kwajalein and miles km east of Enewetak Atoll. It consists of a ring of about 20 small coral islands whose average elevation is only some 7 feet 2. The area of the group amounts to little more than 2 square miles 5 square km of dry land, distributed about the edges of an oval lagoon 25 miles 40 km long and 15 miles 24 km wide.