On March 1, 1954, the U.S. military detonated a thermonuclear weapon whose power was such a mystery that scientists took bets on whether it would ignite the earth’s atmosphere. The atmosphere didn’t catch on fire, but the historically powerful blast was nearly three times larger than expected, with its mushroom cloud reaching higher than commercial airliners fly. If detonated in Washington DC, it’s estimated that the entire population of the region would have died, with millions more deaths soon following from radiation poisoning extending to the borders of Canada. But instead, the test took place on the sparsely populated Marshall Islands—as did more than 65 other tests between 1946-1958, which experts say is roughly the equivalent of 1.7 Hiroshima-sized bombs per day for 12 years. The Marshall Islands and its inhabitants have been ravaged by the fallout from the blasts for decades. Communities have been relocated, cancer rates have soared, …https://www.theepochtimes.com/c-us-politics


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