The Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands is a mesmerizing paradise, but beneath its placid waters lies a relic from the bygone atomic age: The Dome. Constructed after the United States conducted their nuclear tests in the region, this imposing structure conceals radioactive waste and has become increasingly vulnerable to the rising sea levels caused by climate change.
ABC News Australia’s gripping documentary The Dome follows a team of scientists as they travel to this remote and dangerous location to uncover the extent to which it is eroding and what threats its leaking contents pose to inhabitants of the region. Through interviews with local residents who were evacuated from nearby islands such as Bikini Island – where an atomic bomb measuring 1000 times more powerful than Hiroshima was detonated – viewers gain personal insight into how these events have impacted them, their families, and future generations.
The Dome itself is a circular slab of concrete set close ground on a narrow strip of land. It was constructed sloppily without proper lining between it and underlying soil, allowing water to seep through cracks that are now starting to form on its surface. As if that weren’t enough of a concern already, any typhoon strong enough could shatter it completely, potentially contaminating the entire Pacific Ocean and endangering countless lives.
This film offers an evocative look at how one nation’s historical actions can still affect people today, illustrating how our present day choices can shape both our immediate future as well as generations yet to come. By engaging us with vivid visuals of both past destruction and potential disaster due to climate change, The Dome provides an essential reminder for us all that even faraway places like Enewetak Atoll are not impermeable from global issues – we must remain ever vigilant if we wish to prevent similar catastrophes in future.
So don’t miss out on this must-see documentary: Watch ABC News Australia’s The Dome now!