Its yield had been underestimated – at 15 megatons, it was the largest U.S. nuclear test ever. Islanders, U.S. personnel and the crew of a Japanese fishing boat were exposed to fallout. The Bikini Atoll is uninhabitable to this day.
Media coverage on the anniversary:
Marshallese Islanders commemorate this event as Nuclear Survivors Remembrance Day (Yokwe Online). Calls were made for further compensation of fallout victims (Radio New Zealand). Japanese antinuclear activists also commemorated the event (Mainichi Daily News). Civil society in the U.S. successfully protested a U.S. Air Force ICBM test scheduled to take place on 1 March 2012 (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation).