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Operation Crossroads: Able (Atoll visible)
Operation Crossroads: “Able” from Bikini Atoll
“Crossroads Able, a 23-kiloton air-deployed nuclear weapon detonated on July 1, 1946. This bomb used the infamous Demon core that took the lives of two scientists in two separate criticality accidents.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Crossroads
“The day it snowed in the Pacific
Pacific islands living with a horrific nuclear heritage
Feature story – 13 July, 2002
Pacific islands have been nuclear testing and dumping grounds for many years. Islands have been evacuated, the people plagued by birth defects and cancer. And the nuclear injustice continues even now as weapons-usable plutonium is transported through their waters despite their opposition.
Evacuation of Rongelap Islanders to Mejato by crew Rainbow Warrior. Pacific 1985.
The day it snowed on Rongelap, a small Pacific island near the equator, was the day the people of the Pacific first experienced the full horror of the nuclear age. The snow was in fact radioactive fallout from the huge “Bravo” nuclear bomb, tested by the US at Bikini Atoll on 1 March 1954.
Children played in the “snow”, and no health or safety alerts were provided to people living in the area. Later, islanders were permanently evacuated from their homes, women delivered babies with terrible deformations, known as “jellyfish babies”, cancer rates soared and Bikini atoll was declared permanently off limits.
Since that day Pacific island nations have suffered further nuclear testing by France, the UK and the US and experienced nuclear dumping and nuclear weapons deployment in their region.
Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls, French nuclear testing sites, suffered structural damage, radioactive contamination of the lagoon and plutonium pollution from above ground weapons-effects tests. It is a tragedy, but no surprise, that Pacific island people are now fighting the threat posed by British Nuclear Fuels’ current shipment of rejected plutonium MOX fuel through their region.
“We remember the injustice visited on our grandfathers at Kirisimasi and fellow Pacific islanders in French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands by nuclear testing,” says Rev Akuila Yabaki, the chairman of the Fiji NGO Coalition on Human Rights.
“The peoples of the Pacific fought and won the battle against French nuclear testing in their region in 1996. We call for this same determination to continue in yet another battle against the transfer of plutonium mixed oxide and other nuclear shipments by Japan, Britain, France and Australia across Pacific waters,” says Rev. “We believe these shipments pose risks to the livelihoods of the Pacific peoples, our economies and our environments. They are part of a cycle that endangers world peace and security. We ask our leaders to work with other governments in the region to stop these shipments once and for all.”
Governments of the region are protesting these plutonium shipments through their waters. The Federated States of Micronesia, for example, has stated its strong opposition to the plutonium MOX shipment, and called on the transport vessels to not transit through their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
In spite of their obligations under international law, the Federated States of Micronesia government says “the interest of en route states to be adequately consulted before any shipment is made …has been… clearly disregarded. The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia wishes therefore to reiterate its continued strong opposition to the shipment of MOX fuel through the region, especially through its Exclusive Economic Zone… It is apparent that the shipping nations continue to show disregard for these concerns and ignore their responsibility under international maritime law. In that respect, the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia urges the shipping nations involved to immediately reconsider their plan to transit through the region with the shipment of MOX fuel.”
The lives of many Pacific islanders have already been decimated as a result of the world’s nuclear experiments. They are not prepared to stand by and watch the quiet, peaceful waters that are their home become nuclear highways.
You can help support their fight by opposing this plutonioum shipment and joining the virtual flotilla.” http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/pacific-islands-continue-to-su/ (Emphasis our own)
“Though US officials have long denied any link between their bombs and the alarming increase in health problems among Micronesians, they have yet to offer a satisfactory explanation as to why hundreds of jellyfish babies are born to Micronesian mothers. Literally, these babies look like blobs of jelly. These babies are born with no eyes, no heads and do not resemble human beings at all. They are twisted things that breathe for only a few hours. After death, they are buried right away. Mothers are not shown their mutated bodies; it would be too inhumane.
Nuclear Monitor Issue: #374-375, 25/06/1992, Catherine Beacham,
Top photos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Bravo
First picture of “Able” is in color. Second picture was color enhanced. Painting and coloring black and white pictures was routinely practiced in the 1940s and even into the 1950s. Pictures of atomic tests were taken through filters, as well.