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The head of the United Nations has sounded the alarm about a giant nuclear waste container he says may be leaking radioactive material into the Pacific ocean.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his concerns about the 'Runit Dome' Thursday, referring to it as a 'kind of coffin,' during a speech to students in Fiji.
President - Marshall - Islands - Hilda - Heine
'I've just been with the President of the Marshall Islands [Hilda Heine], who is very worried because there is a risk of leaking of radioactive materials that are contained in a kind of coffin in the area,' Guterres said.
'A lot needs to be done in relation to the explosions that took place in French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands. This is in relation to the health consequences, the impact on communities and other aspects. Of course there are questions of compensation and mechanisms to allow these impacts to be [minimized].'
'coffin - Guterres - Bomb - Tests - US
'The 'coffin' Guterres referenced was built during the late 1970s following numerous regional nuclear bomb tests conducted by the US and France.
The dome's 18inch concrete walls cover a crater left by a nuclear blast test near the Marshall Island known as Runit, hence the name.
Islanders - Areas - Runit - Blast
Local islanders evacuated the areas around Runit after the blast and reportedly won't go near it.
The cement shell covering the massive hole has a...
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