RMI marks anniversary of largest nuclear test staged by the US

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Castle Bravo produced a 15-megaton blast which left radioactive fallout over the atolls. (file photo)

March 1 marks the anniversary of Castle Bravo Shot — the largest nuclear test staged by the US government.

The event happened 67 years ago, on March 1, 1954, at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Castle Bravo produced a 15-megaton blast which left radioactive fallout over the atolls. Before testing began, more than 160 Marshallese were relocated from Bikini Atoll to other islands.

On Monday, the Marshall Islands remembered the victims and survivors of the nuclear tests and observed Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day with the theme “We are Not Alone.”

The Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Commission convened the event. The commission was convened in 2017 with the mission of developing a national strategy for the Marshall Islands in its pursuit of nuclear justice.

The U.S. military tested nuclear and atomic weapons between 1946 to 1958 over Bikini and Enewetak Atoll.

The nuclear tests resulted in the displacement of entire communities, environmental contamination, and long-term health effects for the residents of the Marshall Islands.

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