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Illumination Day campaign to highlight Marshallese nuclear legacy

Illumination Day campaign to highlight Marshallese nuclear legacy

Updated 28 February 2014, 10:08 AEST

This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of the largest nuclear test conducted by the United States.  Now two writers are using social media to raise global awareness of the islands' nuclear legacy.

The Marshall Islands' Bikini atoll blast - a thousand times more powerful than that at Hiroshima - led to the nuclear contamination of thousands of square kilometres of the Pacific.

Now, two American writers have set out to raise global awareness about the islands' nuclear legacy.

Kim Klein and partner Michael Bayouth are inviting people around the world to share "Illumination Day" - a social media event they've created to commerorate the anniversary of the Bravo test.

The idea developed out of their collaboration writing a novel inspired by Kim Klein's youth, growing up on Kwajalein atoll, a US missile test range in the Marshalls.

Presenter: Isabelle Genoux
Speaker: Kim Klein and Michael Bayouth, co authors of "Nine Degrees North" and founders of the Illumination Day social media event

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