Ebeye, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
The island of Ebeye is just a 15 minute ride by LCM from the U.S. Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll a classified base in the Marshall Islands. It serves as the main indigenous labor pool for the American base. Ebeye has a population of around 15,000 on 80 acres of land making it one of the most densely populated places per sq yard in the world. With crowded living conditions, an inadequate school system, and scarce clean water, Ebeye has become known by the unofficial title of "Slum of the Pacific”. Prior to 1950 Ebeye had a population of less than 100 people, but at 06:45 March 1, 1954 an event happend that would forever change Ebeye and the Marshall islands. On that date the the U.S. tested a nuclear bomb, code name “Castle Bravo”, on the Bikini Atoll. The test went horribly wrong.
Castle Bravo was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the United States (and just under one-third the energy of the most powerful ever detonated), with a yield of 15 megatons. However the expected yield was 4 to 6 megatons, making this one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Radioactive snow fell on several of the populated islands in the R.M.I. Radioactive fallout was spread eastward onto the inhabited Rongelap and Rongerik atolls, which were tardily evacuated. Many of those residents were shipped to Ebeye. PHOTO BY LEE CRAKER