Bikini Atoll

  • bikini atoll

    pikinni atoll
    atoll
    bikini atoll. the crater can be seen on the northwest cape of the atoll, adjacent to namu island, that was formed by the 15 mt castle bravo nuclear test, with the smaller 11 mt castle romeo crater adjoining it.
    bikini atoll. the crater can be seen on the northwest cape of the atoll, adjacent to namu island, that was formed by the 15 mt castle bravo nuclear test, with the smaller 11 mt castle romeo crater adjoining it.
    flag of bikini atoll
    flag
    nickname(s): 
    kili
    map of the marshall islands showing bikini
    map of the marshall islands showing bikini
    map of bikini atoll
    map of bikini atoll
    bikini atoll is located in oceania
    bikini atoll
    bikini atoll
    location of bikini atoll
    bikini atoll is located in pacific ocean
    bikini atoll
    bikini atoll
    bikini atoll (pacific ocean)
    coordinates: 11°35′n 165°23′e / 11°35′n 165°23′e / 11.583; 165.383
    countryrepublic of the marshall islands
    area
     • land6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
    population
     • total5 caretakers[1]
     population relocated in 1948
    unesco world heritage site
    official namebikini atoll nuclear test site
    1339
    inscription2010 (34th session)
    bikini is located in pacific ocean
    bikini
    bikini
    location of bikini atoll in the pacific ocean

    bikini atoll (/ or i/; marshallese: 'pikinni', [pʲiɡinnʲi], meaning "coconut place"),[2] sometimes known as eschscholtz atoll between the 1800s and 1946 (see etymology section below for history and orthography of the endonym),[3] is a coral reef in the marshall islands consisting of 23 islands surrounding a 229.4-square-mile (594.1 km2) central lagoon. the atoll's inhabitants were relocated in 1946, after which the islands and lagoon were the site of 23 nuclear tests by the united states until 1958.

    the atoll is at the northern end of the ralik chain, approximately 850 kilometres (530 mi) northwest of the capital majuro. three families were resettled on bikini island in 1970, totaling about 100 residents. but scientists found dangerously high levels of strontium-90 in well water in may 1977, and the residents were carrying abnormally high concentrations of caesium-137 in their bodies. they were evacuated in 1980. the atoll is occasionally visited today by divers and a few scientists, and is occupied by a handful of caretakers.

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Bikini Atoll

Pikinni Atoll
Atoll
Bikini Atoll. The crater can be seen on the northwest cape of the atoll, adjacent to Namu island, that was formed by the 15 Mt Castle Bravo nuclear test, with the smaller 11 Mt Castle Romeo crater adjoining it.
Bikini Atoll. The crater can be seen on the northwest cape of the atoll, adjacent to Namu island, that was formed by the 15 Mt Castle Bravo nuclear test, with the smaller 11 Mt Castle Romeo crater adjoining it.
Nickname(s): 
Kili
Map of the Marshall Islands showing Bikini
Map of the Marshall Islands showing Bikini
Map of Bikini Atoll
Map of Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll is located in Oceania
Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll
Location of Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll is located in Pacific Ocean
Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll
Bikini Atoll (Pacific Ocean)
Coordinates: 11°35′N 165°23′E / 11°35′N 165°23′E / 11.583; 165.383
CountryRepublic of the Marshall Islands
Area
 • Land6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
Population
 • Total5 caretakers[1]
 Population relocated in 1948
Official nameBikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site
1339
Inscription2010 (34th session)
Bikini is located in Pacific Ocean
Bikini
Bikini
Location of Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean

Bikini Atoll (/ or i/; Marshallese: 'Pikinni', [pʲiɡinnʲi], meaning "coconut place"),[2] sometimes known as Eschscholtz Atoll between the 1800s and 1946 (see Etymology section below for history and orthography of the endonym),[3] is a coral reef in the Marshall Islands consisting of 23 islands surrounding a 229.4-square-mile (594.1 km2) central lagoon. The atoll's inhabitants were relocated in 1946, after which the islands and lagoon were the site of 23 nuclear tests by the United States until 1958.

The atoll is at the northern end of the Ralik Chain, approximately 850 kilometres (530 mi) northwest of the capital Majuro. Three families were resettled on Bikini island in 1970, totaling about 100 residents. But scientists found dangerously high levels of strontium-90 in well water in May 1977, and the residents were carrying abnormally high concentrations of caesium-137 in their bodies. They were evacuated in 1980. The atoll is occasionally visited today by divers and a few scientists, and is occupied by a handful of caretakers.