Between 1946 and 1958, twenty-three nuclear devices were detonated at Bikini Atoll.
Scientists involved with the Bikinians have stressed that while the excavation method would rid the island of the Caesium-137 the removal of the topsoil would severely damage the environment, turning it into a virtual wasteland of windswept sand. A 1998 International Atomic Energy Agency report found that Bikini is still not safe for habitation because of dangerous levels of radiation.
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