The Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site comprises the terrestrial and underwater remains of a military system that characterized the Cold War.
Between 1946 and 1958, 23 nuclear devices were detonated at Bikini Atoll by the USA. The local inhabitants were displaced and the tests had major consequences on the geology and natural environment of Bikini Atoll and on the health of those who were exposed to radiation. It was the start of the ‘nuclear era’, the race to develop increasingly powerful nuclear weapons and it gave rise to international movements advocating nuclear disarmament.
Community Perspective: this site has been unreviewed so far, but it can be reached by live-aboard shipwreck dive trips.
Map of Bikini AtollLoad map
2010 Advisory Body overruled
ICOMOS advised Referral, to "Draw up an inventory of the land-based properties that contribute to the value of the property; inscribe the most important of these on the national historic sites list;"
2010 Name change
To add "Nuclear Test Site" to the name, on the instigation of ICOMOS during the evaluation process.
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