1.000 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN FUKUSHIMA
The Marshall Islands are a paradisiacal place in the middle of the sea. Still, they keep a dark secret related to the nuclear tests of the USA during the Cold War.
On April 26, 1986, the biggest environmental disaster in the history of our planet happened. It was meant to be a routine test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. But it ended up becoming a disaster. At the same level, that catastrophe also happened on March 11, 2011. Then an earthquake in Japan caused the Fukushima nuclear accident. Now experts have discovered a place in the world with much more radiation. More than those cities claimed lives.
It was another day in central Chernobyl, which the experts who worked there had planned a test. However, a concatenation of errors would cause that test to become the most serious accident of all time. An explosion in reactor 4 released material equivalent to 500 times the pump. It was radioactive material released directly into the atmosphere. Hiroshima is a disaster that continues to have consequences today.
The authorities consider both catastrophes the only two serious accidents on the International Nuclear Accident Scale. Still, a scientific team has discovered that none of them is the most dangerous place on Earth. However, it is in the middle of the sea. The researchers at Columbia University have found evidence of the levels of radiation. They were discovering that the area with the most radiation on the planet is the Marshall Islands.
Located in Micronesia, it is a group of islets of about 181 square kilometers. They are situated in the Pacific Ocean. Belonging to the United States, they became famous during the testing of the nuclear bombs. The USA carried out its tests with its new armaments. It was during the Cold War. It was especially with nuclear bombs, of which they got to throw 67 in this small territory. To date, high radiation levels have been detected.
Found radioactive isotopes
There was a study published in PNAS. This study has discovered high levels of radioactive elements such as americium 241 and cesium 137. It’s also two types of plutonium that are found in its 11 islands. The most prominent is Bikini Island. It’s where the United States carried out the test of the largest hydrogen bomb ever launched on Earth. The radioactive isotopes discovered 1.000 times more plutonium in that area contain. It is 1.000 more than those discovered in the two nuclear accidents together.
These islands are mostly uninhabited. They were saved in the case of some atolls. It is the largest nuclear test field in the United States. The authorities now warn that it can remain a highly dangerous place. Researchers have discovered that conditions are very bad in both Runit and Enjebi. Also, the Bikini and Naen islands are heavily touched. They have radiation superior to the surrounding areas of Chernobyl and Fukushima. Chernobyl and Fukushima are uninhabited. They will not be able to support life in the next 24.000 years.
The experts took 38 samples in the 11 Marshall Islands. The surprise was discovering that it is the most dangerous area in the world. The levels of plutonium 239 and 240 are between 10 and 1,000 times higher than those found in Fukushima. In contrast, they are about 10 times higher than the Chernobyl ones. The place with more radiation in the world is in the middle of the sea. Here, the United States carried out dozens of nuclear tests. Those tests now make it uninhabitable.
Source: El Confidencial