In 1946 to 1950s, the US government carried out a series of nuclear tests on the Marshall islands in the Pacific. The Bravo test of March 1, 1954, was the detonation of the largest nuclear weapon by the US government.
As of December 31, 1997, $63,127,000 had been awarded to or on behalf of 1,549 people. With more personal injury claims and several class action suits for property damage still pending, the Tribunal claims that the original terms of the settlement with the Marshall Islanders are grossly inadequate.
The Bravo Crater
I personally believe that these reparations would have been completely unnecessary if the military organizations involved were more sensitive (or chose to detonate the bomb somewhere else). True, the bomb had superseded the expectations of power, but detonating a bomb close to an island where people live was not really clever.
Ethics in advancements of nuclear technology had always been questionable and things that people hardly talk about. Hopefully in the future the US would detonate nuclear bombs in the US continental area instead of the Pacific Islands. This "not-in-my-backyard" mentality of Americans is most obvious in this Bravo test, and ended up costing more for the average American citizen.
Yes, the US citizens paid for the reparations...