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Sample section taken from the book, For the Good of Mankind. By Jack Niedenthal Email: bikinijack gmail. Bikini Atoll has been included on the list for the role that tests of atomic weapons at Bikini played in shaping global culture in the second half of the 20th Century. Order from this direct ordering link at Amazon. For the Good of Mankind is also available for purchase and download as an Amazon Kindle edition. Once the Marshalls were discovered by the outside world, first by the Spanish in the 's and then later by the Germans, they were used primarily as a source for producing copra oil from coconuts.

The Crazy Story of the 1946 Bikini Atoll Nuclear Tests

The Crazy Story of the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Tests | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July , and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, The purpose of the tests was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on warships. The Crossroads tests were the first of many nuclear tests held in the Marshall Islands , and the first to be publicly announced beforehand and observed by an invited audience, including a large press corps. The first test was Able. The second test was Baker.

Radioactivity and Rights

Today, Bikini and other islands in the Marshall Island chain remain hazardous for living organisms, and those who once lived on Bikini remain Pacific nomads, as do their children and grandchildren. That money, when appropriated by the United States, will go toward cleanup and repair of physical damage to the island, after which repatriation should be possible. But cash can never compensate people for a half century of exile and the destruction of a lifestyle and culture. It also cannot undo what radioactivity did to human health, to peace of mind, and to the earth and sea.
But why was this name so shocking? The United States soon came up with some very big plans for the little atoll of Bikini. After forcing the residents to relocate to another atoll, they started to prepare Bikini as an atomic bomb test site. Media coverage of the happenings at Bikini was extensive, and public interest ran very high. Who could have foreseen that even now — 70 years later — the Marshall Islanders would still be suffering the aftershocks from the nuclear bomb testing on Bikini Atoll?