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Radioactive Paradise - Bikini Atoll

45'
July, 1946. Bikini. A remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, set in the vast blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean between the Philippines and Hawaii. Ironically though, it was this isolation, far from any kind of western civilisation, that sealed the atoll's fate:

1946. Bikini. A remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, set in the vast blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean between the Philippines and Hawaii. Ironically though, it was this isolation, that sealed the atoll's fate: During "Operation Crossroads" in July of 1946, two atom bombs were used to sink a ghost fleet of 84 vessels, destroying the natural environment and leaving parts of the huge atoll ring permanently contaminated in the process. The islanders are still reliant on imported food even today.

It's for precisely this reason that the American armed forces singled out Bikini Atoll as the place to detonate the first atomic bombs since Nagasaki. They assembled a huge fleet of decommissioned warships to be sunk in the most dramatic way possible. It wasn't just about testing the destructive power of the bombs though; at the outset of the cold war, they were also seeking to make an impression on the Soviet Union. During "Operation Crossroads" in July of 1946, two atom bombs were used to sink this "ghost fleet" of 84 vessels, destroying the natural environment and leaving parts of the huge atoll ring permanently contaminated in the process. The islanders are still reliant on imported food even today.
Year: 2008
Length: 45'
Resolution: HD
Film by: Kirstin Bergmann, Andreas Sawall, Uli Weidenbach
Produced by: Context TV

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