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Special report: Five thousand miles from Los Angeles, the U.S. turned the white sand beaches of the Marshall Islands into testing grounds for the most powerful and destructive weapons ever designed.

Between 1946 and 1958, the U.S. repeatedly exploded nuclear bombs in the northern most atolls of Bikini and Enewetak, averaging an explosive power equivalent to 1.6 Hiroshima-sized bombs per day.

By 1968, 90 percent, or 17 of the 19 children under the age of ten on the island had developed thyroid disorders and growths.
Today, a centuries-old tradition of song may soon fade completely.

That’s not all: The U.S. buried the waste from nuclear testing in an unlined crater covered in concrete. It’s known as the “Tomb.”

As climate change forces the Pacific seas to rise, cracks have begun to appear in the Tomb.
If the contents leak into the ocean, it may bring about the world’s next nuclear disaster.

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