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Bikini Atoll

From the series “Dangerous and Treacherous Beaches That Can Be Lethal”
The Marshall Islands, located in the boundless Pacific, have long been popular with the followers of the recreation in the exotic places. The archipelago of the Bikini Atoll is considered an incredibly dangerous recreation site. Atoll has not gained this reputation because of the strong undercurrents or dangerous sea-dwellers. In 1946, the United States chose this magical island as a nuclear test site. For 12 years the hydrogen and atomic bombs on the island have been tested.
During this period the Atoll has experienced more than 65 experiments. Nowadays the high radiation level is the main danger for the islanders and the tourists. It must be noted that Bikini Atoll was still inhabited before the trials. People live here today. After the beginning of the military experiments, the local residents were repeatedly evacuated to the other islands. Some of them, however, have canceled the abandonment of their houses. Today, about ten people live on the island terrarium. Tourists visit the atoll regularly, but it is forbidden to bathe on the polluted beaches.
The incredibly beautiful atoll was one of the first nuclear abatement sites in the world. On his territory the most dangerous attempts were made in the history of mankind. The consequences of the tests have added an irreparable damage to the structure of the underwater world. Under the water near the atoll one can see a lot of the brittle underwater craters - the peculiar lunar landscapes in the deep Pacific. ... Complete sights collection

Laura Village

From the series “15 Sparsely Populated Places for Solitude with Wildlife”
Laura Village is an island situated in the Marshall Islands. This village is also in a list of the most underpopulated places in the world. At approximately 3 meters above sea level, Laura has the highest elevation of any islands in the Majuro Atoll. The main landmark of Laura Village is the same-named beach with the crystal-clear water and tiny white sand.
This island has different places of interest, that’s why travellers won’t get bored there. In the village, you can visit two old churches and a public school. People live there as their ancestors hundred years ago. As earlier, the village has small wooden on piles cabins. About 200 people live on this island. Locals got used to foreign guests and like to tell them about their outstanding traditions. Some of them are older than 2 000 years.
On the territory of the village tourists can walk and take photos. If you want to stay at this place for one more day, you can do it without any inconveniences. Nearby atolls also have interesting landmarks. You can find there as places for the walk as diving places where you can stay in the privacy of your own mind. ... Complete sights collection

Bikini Atoll Test Site

From the series “Largest and Famous Nuclear Test Sites”
Bikini Atoll is a part of Marshall Islands, from the distance it resembles a real tropical paradise. There you can walk along the seaside, look at slim palms and fell the atmosphere of isolation. However, the surface beauty and safety of these isolated islands are rather deceptive. The Atoll is the very dangerous place because of the high level of radiation. For a number of years, the USA used Bikini Atoll for nuclear tests.
When the nuclear experiments have begun the locals still lived there. Within the shortest possible time, more than a thousand people died from different decreases. People who were quickly evacuated from this place after the nuclear poison also died. The most known test that was made there was in 1954. The Castle Bravo bomb which power is 15 megatons was exploded. About 100 kilometres of the ground was polluted with radiation. People who lived on the nearby Rongelap and Ailinginae Attols also suffered from this test.
At that time there lived about 100 people, however, the tragedy has much larger afterwards. About 850 fishing boats were in the killing zone. Total member of the crew was more than 20 000 people. The most destroyed cargo was Daigo Fukuryū Maru, there has appeared a layer of radioactive dust 1 cm thick. All fishermen who got alive in the poisoned zone got disability for the whole life. Most of them die within several years after the tragedy. This made Bikini Atoll known to the whole world. However, a lot of fans of extreme vacation still visit this place. ... Complete sights collection

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