Most radioactive dive site

Last updated: November 30, 2017 at 15:20 pm

Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands) – The most radioactive dive site accessible to recreational divers was opened in 1996, 38 years after the site was blasted with 23 nuclear tests bombs, including the Castle Bravo thermonuclear bomb, which was the most powerful nuclear device (15 Mt) ever detonated in the atmosphere by the U.S. At the time of the first tests in 1946, the assembled American and enemy ships used in the atomic tests was the world’s fourth largest fleet. The ships sunk by the atomic tests in 1946 now belong to the people of Bikini. Diving at Bikini is administered by the Bikini Atoll Council, under the name of Bikini Atoll Divers. The Kili/Bikini/Ejit Local Government Council met in August, 2008, to consider its fiscal year 2009 budget. It was decided that Bikini Atoll would remain closed for normal tourism operations during 2009. However, certain types of vessels are allowed to visit Bikini Atoll and dive on the wrecks provided definitive prior arrangements are made with Bikini Atoll Divers.

SOURCE:
Zoe T. Richards, Maria Beger, Silvia Pinca, and Carden C. Wallace (2008). Bikini Atoll coral biodiversity resilience five decades after nuclear testing. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 56 (3): 503–515.

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Jeffrey Gallant

Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac & Book of Records. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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