Radiation levels in Marshall Islands higher than Fukushima, Chernobyl

It's in the news that a study found that radioactive levels in the Marshall Islands was higher than Fukushima and Chernobyl. I would like to request those from the Marshalls in this Forum to find out more; and post for our information.


  • Where, in what news? Can you provide a link so we can look into it?
  • Link or not, pieninoa Reaper and Sarem will start arguing and they will sink this discussion as they have in so many others. Reaper you should be proud. Keep this website. You and the administrator must be one in the same or perhaps the administrator has died. Fuck this forum.
  • Lol...Stay on point Microspring.
  • Here's a couple more links...




    ‘Significant Levels’ of Radioactive Elements Remain on US Nuke Sites in Marshall Islands

    Over half a century after the US government ceased nuclear weapons tests there, several of the Marshall Islands are still too radioactive for humans to live on, according to a new report by researchers at Columbia University.

    Between 1946 and 1958, the US tested 67 nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands, a chain of volcanic islands and atolls in the central Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the Philippines.

    According to the study, the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls were used as ground zero for the tests, which resulted in “unprecedented environmental contamination” and adverse health effects for the indigenous people living on the islands. In addition, people who lived on Rongelap and Utirik Atolls also experienced negative health effects due to radioactive fallout from the Bravo nuclear test conducted by the US on March 1, 1954.

    In the study, researchers tested soil samples for external gamma radiation levels from nine islands: Enjebi, Ikuren and Japtan in Enewetak Atoll; Bikini and Enyu in Bikini Atoll; Naen in Rongelap Atoll; and Aon, Elluk and Utirik in Utirik Atoll. Gamma radiation is electromagnetic radiation released from the radioactive decay of atomic nuclei.

    The study also tested for the activity concentrations of radioactive chemical elements including americium-241, cesium-137, plutonium-238 and plutonium-239,240 in the soil of 11 islands (Enewetak, Japtan, Medren and Runit in Enewetak Atoll; Bikini and Enyu in Bikini Atoll; Naen and Rongelap in Rongelap Atoll; Aon, Elluk and Utirik in Utirik Atoll; and Majuro Island, Majuro Atoll in the southern Marshall Islands).

    The findings, published Monday in the journal PNAS, reveal that there were elevated gamma radiation levels on Enjebi Island, and one of two soil samples collected from the island had high concentrations of radioactive chemical elements, with the levels of cesium-137 and plutonium-238 being higher than safety limits. Runit Island also had “significant levels” of radioactive chemical element concentrations.

    “Our results suggest that people currently living in southern Enewetak are not likely to get significant exposure to radiation from nuclear weapons testing. However, the presence of radioactive isotopes on the Runit Island is a real concern, and residents should be warned against any use of the island,” the study notes.

    The study also found “highly elevated gamma radiation levels” and “elevated concentrations” of americium-241, cesium-137 and plutonium-239,240 on Bikini Island.

    “In particular, 241Am [americium-241] soil activity concentrations in Bikini were up to 3 times higher than in soil samples from PSRER [Polesie State Radioecological Reserve] in Belarus and up to 150 times higher than in soil samples from the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site in Colorado. 239,240Pu [plutonium-239,240] concentrations were up to 15-1,000 times higher than in samples from areas affected by the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters,” the study writes.

    Similarly, gamma radiation levels on Naen Island were also much higher than the maximum exposure limit of 100 millirems per year as stipulated by the US-Republic of the Marshall Islands Agreement.

  • Here's another article....the latest 7/16/19

    Bikini Atoll has 1,000x radiation of Chernobyl decades after nuclear testing – study

    Published time: 16 Jul, 2019

    Bikini Atoll has 1,000x radiation of Chernobyl decades after nuclear testing – study
    US atomic bomb test conducted at Bikini Atoll in July 1946 © Reuters / US Navy / Handout

    Radiation levels in the Marshall Islands, where the US government tested its nuclear arsenal during the Cold War, are even higher than those found in Fukushima and Chernobyl, according to a newly released peer-reviewed study.

    The research, published by scientists at Columbia University in New York, found that tests of soil samples taken from four of the islands contain radiation levels that are “significantly” higher than those found at the sites of the two worst nuclear power plant disasters in history, in Japan and Ukraine. On one of the islands, the concentrations of radioactive particles were found to be higher by a magnitude of 1,000.

    One particularly disturbing find was the presence of plutonium-238 on Naen, an island in the Rongelap Atoll, some 100 miles away from the test sites on Bikini, Enjebi and Runit. That isotope is not a product of fallout, but is generally associated with nuclear waste, raising the possibility that Naen was used as a dumping ground.

    “We can't say for sure that is what happened," said Ivana Nikolic Hughes, a chemistry professor at Columbia and one of the study’s authors. "But people should not be living on Rongelap until this is addressed."

    Another study also tested fruit from several of the islands and found that contamination levels were above safety levels established in countries affected by nuclear fallout – including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Japan.

    The US government performed 67 nuclear tests in the South Pacific islands between 1946 and 1958, during its early arms race with the Soviet Union. The exercises left a trail of contamination throughout 21 islands roughly halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Although representing just 6 percent of the total US nuclear bomb testing activity, the denotations were responsible for over half of the total energy expended.

    The most famous of them took place on Bikini Atoll, where Operation Crossroads and Operation Castle were launched in 1946 and 1954 respectively. The former has been described as “the world’s first nuclear disaster” while the latter resulted in an explosion (Castle Bravo) 1,000 times more powerful than the blasts caused by the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

    Bikini Atoll’s inhabitants were cleared from the island to make way for the tests and resettled on the barren neighboring atoll of Rongerik. Struggling to survive, the Bikinians have tried to leave the island twice since. The US government had promised them that they would be able to return to Bikini once it was safe to do so.

    In 1968, US President Lyndon Johnson allowed several hundred to return. Soon afterward, researchers found that nuclear contamination had entered the food chain. Bikini was abandoned again, and no residents have returned to the island since 1978.
  • I'm not surprise at all to be honest. It takes a thousand years foe radiation from a few grams of uranium to lose their radioactivity. Its been what 30 something years since they build the dome and 40 to 50 years since they conducted the tests in the Marshalls.

    One thing is for certain. The RMI next cofa negotiation are secured because of this. With more and more US citizens finding out about this its safe to assume that the US will never abandon them. I won't be a little surprised if in the future the US decide to give the Marshallese living in the US free healthcare coverage.
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