The detonation of the first hydrogen bombs marked a new, chilling era of the Cold War nuclear arms race – but the relics of the era might endanger mankind again. This week UN Secretary General António Guterres told a crowd in Fiji that rising seas could endanger a ‘kind of coffin’ built to contain radioactive materials from America’s hydrogen bombs. The concrete ‘lid’ was built on Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands to contain radioactive material from American nuclear tests in the 1950s. Speaking in Fiji, he said that the dome is dangerously vulnerable, and that a strong storm could release the debris inside.
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