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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site, Marshall Islands

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site in the Marshall Islands was recognised since 2010 as a World Heritage Site. This is because of the site's outstanding universal value and importance in terms of human history as the place where the United States of America conducted testings.


Baker Nuclear Test at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 25 July 1946
Baker Nuclear Test at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 25 July 1946
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Between 1946 and 1958 the inhabitants of Bikini were relocated so that the site could be used for nuclear testing. In all, 67 nuclear tests were carried out in the Marshall archipelago. This includes the detonation of the first H-bomb in 1952.

The nuclear tests conducted on the Bikini Atoll had significant impact on the geology and natural environment of Bikini Atoll and pose a health hazard to those who are exposed to it. Despite the beauty of Bikini Atoll, its name has come to be associated with some of the deadliest weapons known to mankind.

Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee in Brasilia, Brazil, 25 July - 3 August, 2010.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: 2010
Inscription Year: N11 35 60 E165 22 50
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV, VI
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