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1,000 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN FUKUSHIMA
The Marshall Islands are, apparently, a paradisiacal place in the middle of the sea, but they keep a dark secret related to the nuclear tests of the USA during the Cold War.
On April 26, 1986 , what was to be a routine test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant ended up becoming the biggest environmental disaster in the history of our planet. At the same level of that catastrophe is what happened on March 11, 2011, when an earthquake in Japan caused the Fukushima nuclear accident . Now, experts have discovered that there is a place in the world with much more radiation than in those cities marked for life.
It was another day in the central Chernobyl, in which the experts who worked there had planned a test. However, a concatenation of errors was going to cause that test to become the most serious accident of all time: an explosion in reactor 4 resulted in the release into the atmosphere of a radioactive material equivalent to 500 times the pump. Hiroshima , a disaster that continues to have consequences today.
When Chernobyl seemed to be forgotten, 25 years later it was the earth itself that was in charge of giving us a new lesson. A magnitude 9 earthquake on the northwest coast of Japan caused several Fukushima reactors to run out of electricity . Diesel-based auxiliary engines maintained activity, until a tsunami flooded the plant, from which control was lost, resulting in the fusion of the core of three of its reactors .
Both catastrophes are considered by the authorities as the only two serious accidents on the International Nuclear Accident Scale but, now, a scientific team has discovered that none of them is the most dangerous place on Earth … but it is in the middle of the sea. It has been the researchers at Columbia University who have found the evidence, 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 that, in the Pacific Ocean, one day became famous in the hands of the United States. And it is that the North American country carried out, during the Cold War , its tests with its new armaments, especially with nuclear bombs, of which they got to throw 67 in this small territory. To date, really high radiation levels have been detected.
Found radioactive isotopes
This study, published in PNAS , has discovered high levels of radioactive elements such as americium 241, cesium 137 and two types of plutonium in its 11 islands , the most prominent being Bikini Island, where the United States carried out the test of the largest hydrogen bomb ever launched on Earth. Moreover, the radioactive isotopes discovered in that area contain 1,000 times more plutonium than the one discovered in the two nuclear accidents .
These islands, which are mostly uninhabited saved in the case of some atolls, were the largest nuclear test field in the United States , so now the authorities warn that it can be a dangerous place. Researchers have discovered that the Runit, Enjebi, Bikini and Naen islands today have radiation superior to the surrounding areas of Chernobyl and Fukushima that are uninhabited and that will not be able to support life in the next 24,000 years .
The experts took 38 samples in the 11 Marshall Islands and 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 , while 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, where the United States carried out dozens of nuclear tests and that, now, make it uninhabitable.
Source: El Confidencial