Photo by Michael Christopher Brown @michaelchristopherbrown | Lari Laiso, photographed in 2016 on Kili, in the Marshall Islands, was born on Bikini Atoll. The year 2016 marked 70 years since the people of Bikini Atoll began living in exile, away from their homeland. The 167 Bikinians readied for their exodus as preparations were under way for the U.S. nuclear testing program. Around 242 naval ships, 156 aircraft, 25,000 radiation recording devices, and the Navy's 5,400 experimental rats, goats, and pigs arrived for the tests. Over 40,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel were involved in the testing program at Bikini. On March 1, 1954, the U.S. tested the Bravo hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll. The largest weapon the United States ever tested, at 15 megatons, the blast vaporized three islands and was 1,000 times the magnitude of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear weapons dropped on Japan in World War II.