The atoll of Bikini, a necklace of 23 islands with sandy beaches and swaying palms that surround a tranquil, blue-green lagoon, presents a startling paradox for the nuclear age. How does a small coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific, which was once rocked violently by 23 atomic- and hydrogen-bomb. Jun 08, · Bikini Atoll, on the other hand, gave an average reading of millirems of radiation per year. Some parts of the island had readings of more than millirems. Some parts of the island had readings of more than millirems. Watch video · Bikini Atoll, pictured left, was the site of twenty-three tests during the twelve year period, including the devastating detonation of a .