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Is it really a big deal?  The funny part is people go diving in those wrecks, and apparently it's a well loved diving destination.

http://www.petemesley.com/lust4rust/wreck-trips/bikini-atoll/wrecks/prinz-eugen.php

https://www.scubadoctor.com.au/article-diving-the-nuclear-fleet-at-bikini-atoll.htm

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1 hour ago, HazeGrayUnderway said:

Is it really a big deal?  The funny part is people go diving in those wrecks, and apparently it's a well loved diving destination.

http://www.petemesley.com/lust4rust/wreck-trips/bikini-atoll/wrecks/prinz-eugen.php

https://www.scubadoctor.com.au/article-diving-the-nuclear-fleet-at-bikini-atoll.htm

 

John Wayne died of cancer that he got while filming The Conqueror downwind from a nuclear testing site. I'd imagine that the people who dive at Bikini Atoll befall a similar fate.

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15 minutes ago, 1Sherman said:

 

John Wayne died of cancer that he got while filming The Conqueror downwind from a nuclear testing site. I'd imagine that the people who dive at Bikini Atoll befall a similar fate.

 

the difference is that John Wayne and The Conqueror crew were filming downwind from a fairly active test site. 11 bombs were tested at that location in 53. The film was release in 56 so that's only maybe a year to 2 years between the last bomb and filming. You had dust blowing around the set, not to mention wind generator machines blowing it around, people inhaling it, its fairly obvious in hindsight where they got the cancer from.

 

Bikini is different. There has been 50 years of water flowing over the hulls. Are they still hot? yes to a point. But the divers are not spending enough time on their dives to receive lethal doses.

 

Also Prinz Eugen isn't at Bikini. She is at Kwajalein

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14 hours ago, 1Sherman said:

 

John Wayne died of cancer that he got while filming The Conqueror downwind from a nuclear testing site. I'd imagine that the people who dive at Bikini Atoll befall a similar fate.

I seriously doubt all that.  First you'd have to get a pretty serious dosage to generally get cancer from exposure to radiation.  We are exposed to some degree every day just by going outside in the sunlight.  Seawater is naturally radioactive due to the presence of tritium and deuterium in it, among other radioactive isotopes.

John Wayne on the other hand, got his exposure from being downwind of Nevada above ground nuclear tests, but it's more likely that his heavy smoking habit caused his death than exposure to radiation.

Diving Bikini is safe.  As little as four to six feet of water between a radioactive source and yourself will shield 90% of the radiation.  Additional distance will reduce it further.  Almost all of the residual radiation there are alpha and beta emitters that have to be ingested to be dangerous.  Now, living on that atoll would potentially be dangerous if you were to be there for years.  The low dosages over time would have an affect and could cause problems.  Being exposed to those low dosages for a couple of days diving would be less than getting several x-rays.

 

 

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