Sixty years have passed since the United States carried out a hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific on March 1, 1954.
Memories of the exposure of the crew of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a Japanese tuna fishing boat, to radiation from the blast have faded over time. But the legacy of the incident is, by no means, a thing of the past. The 60th anniversary of the tragedy of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru should serve as a fresh reminder of the horrible damage that nuclear energy could cause, regardless of whether it is used for military or civilian purposes.
The hydrogen bomb, 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, produced a tremendous amount of deadly radioactive fallout. The test and its serious consequences made people around the world painfully aware of the frightening possibility of the nuclear arms race, led by the United States and the Soviet Union, escalating into an apocalyptic event, causing the annihilation of mankind.
The “radioactive tuna” and the rain containing lethal fallout produced by the test sent shock waves throughout Japan. The Daigo Fukuryu Maru incident triggered a movement against atomic and hydrogen bombs and renewed heightened public awareness about victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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