Runit Island in the Enewetak Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands is only 4800 klms from my front door and is barely containing an unimaginable horror that is about to change the world.
At first glance, a tropical paradise but as climate change accelerates these islands are already drowning at a frightening rate. This would be enough of a problem alone for the people of Micronesia.
However, do you remember the name Bikini Atoll and the US bomb tests of the 1940s and 50s? Just 350 kms from the Enewetak group?
Apart from the forced removal of the natives to what was thought ‘safer’ areas only 30 kms away…
Apart from the 100s of dead and dying US personnel because of what the natives called ‘snow’ (Read: Nuclear Fallout) causing skin and internal cancers…
Apart from the 1000s of islander inhabitants affected by this fallout…
Apart from the nuclear horror and damage to the world’s ozone layer from the 23 gigantic bombs triggered at these islands (100s of times more powerful than Hiroshima)…
ONE OF THEM FAILED!
…..and the result is terrifying and horrifying and a danger to the entire globe.
When this huge weapon was triggered it failed to trigger the nuclear fission necessary and simply blew up the outer casing spreading large bits of fissionable plutonium over the island. I’m not going into a treatise here on plutonium suffice to say it is the deadliest thing on the planet.
So the USA in their almighty wisdom, sent in a cleanup crew to gather up these chunks of highly radioactive matter, place them in plastic bags and throw them into the pit of a previous detonation and seal it with a thin skin of cement which of course is now breaking down and already releasing its toxic waste into the surrounding waters. It is more often than not, now battered by waves breaking up this cement dome covering the horror underneath. Nearly all of the cleanup crew are dead or dying and they weren’t told about the danger until they arrived at the site.
With the rise of sea water globally it has been estimated that this and many other Micronesian islands will be inundated by the end of the next decade; in less than 12 years.
The US has repeatedly reneged on its reparations in this matter with islanders suffering horrific cancers and the loss of their homes and livelihoods.
But what about the rest of us? What will happen when ‘The Dome’ (already exuding waste) finally cracks and releases all of the deadly waste and radiation trapped inside? This is one of the largest deposits of pure plutonium in existence.
Help needs to come now. If we wait for the inevitable, the outcomes for humanity will be catastrophic.