If North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, what would happen?
As the bubble falls to the water surface, a column of water shoots up into the air, which disintegrates into a series of waves.
"If the disturbance event were to be repeated in the modern day, recovery would not be expected to be as high, due to the combination of additional stressors associated with climate change, and a possibly much altered atoll environment due to an additional 50 years of human occupation," the study reads.
Charette said that although marine life made a recovery in Bikini Atoll, the biological effects of a nuclear detonation shouldn't be dismissed—and remember, roughly 70 years after those tests, the area has not seen a complete recovery yet.
But that in some sense encouraged people to go, 'Oh, let's just drop the bomb and test it.'" Bühler said that after science suggested there was no risk of immediate violence or catastrophe, people adopted a more blasé stance toward nuclear testing.