The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki In an attempt to end World War II early, Harry Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to save thousands of American lives at any cost. It has been categorized as the current deadliest bomb at that time, bringing terror to everyone and killing about 220,000 people, most of them innocent in both cities combined. During the war, the U.S. had lost a few battles against Japan, also losing thousands of American lives. And if the U.S. wouldn’t have dropped that bomb who knows maybe thousands of more American lives could have been lost and god knows when World War II would end. It was necessary for the U.S. to drop the atom bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
On August 6th, 1945, the world was abruptly pushed into the atomic age. An American aircraft named Enola Gay hovered over Japan carrying “Little Boy”, a bomb weighing 9,700 pounds crafted from highly enriched uranium-235. Poised above Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima city, at precisely 8:15 a.m. local time, Little Boy dropped. The explosion destroyed 4 square miles of the city, about 90,000 people were killed instantly and 40,000 were injured. Just three days later, Major General Charles Sweeney dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, killing around 37,000 people and injuring another 43,000.
The bomb was dropped on the city centre, an area crowded with wooden residential structures and places business. The bomb caused an firestorm in Hiroshima with destroyed 13 square kilometers of the city. Almost 63% of the buildings in Hiroshima were completely destroyed after the bombing and nearly 92% of the structures in the city had been either destroyed or damaged by blast and fire. It was believed that up to 200,000 people died in total as a result of the bombing of Hiroshima. Then there was an equal impact of the bombing on Nagasaki .
On August 6, 1945, the United States of America dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, a decision that ushered in the nuclear age and marked the end of World War II. When the atomic bomb exploded 70,000 people were killed instantly and thousands more died of radiation sickness within weeks. Three days later, a second bomb killed 40,000 people in Nagasaki (Lawton 4). Was the United States justified in the dropping of the atomic bombs? The use of the atomic bomb have been questioned for the past 73 years.
An example of a street in Hiroshima before the explosion. Behind the car is Fukuya Department Store. The Enola Gay dropped The Little Boy atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This group of 7 men flew over Hiroshima in the Enola Gay, and dropped the “Little Boy” on it. Hirohito’s enthronement portrait.
The nuclear bomb that hit Hiroshima not only destroyed the environment but also destroyed the lives of both the people killed and the survivors that lost so much that day. As the bomb went off, the beautiful city of Hiroshima was destroyed within seconds. The immediate heat that had reached up to ten million degrees celsius combined with the blinding flash of light from the bomb is when the citizens of Hiroshima knew it was the end. “Everything flashed whiter than white she had ever seen.” (Hersey 1169) said a survivor from the bombing. Some of the people didn 't die from the bomb itself but from the falling buildings and tree debris.
Pantea Afzali Becky Hatfield CHEE 4321 9/30/15 Homework 2: Istanbul Fireworks Explosion On January 31, 2008, there was an explosion in a five-story building in the Davutpasa district, an industrial neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey. The initial reports issued from government officials believed there was an initial blast from fireworks or explosives associated with an unlicensed fireworks factory in the building that started a fire [1, 2, 3, 4]. The fire then caused a second explosion which partially collapsed the building and killed many onlookers. The explosions and subsequent collapse killed 22 people and injured more than 100 people. The building housed more than 130 workshops and offices including some manufacturers of paint, textiles, and socks, many of which were unlicensed and operating illegally [1, 2].
Sadly, with the kept secrecy and untold explanations almost three thousand innocent lives were taken, leaving countless people in disbelief. Before the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, there was previous attack on February 26, 1993. The terrorists parked a rental van in a garage underneath the World Trade Center’s twin towers and lit the fuses on a massive homemade bomb stuffed inside (Greenspan, 2013). This attack failed to do what the bombers hoped which was collapse the World Trade Center both North and South towers. The bomb killed six people and injured over one thousand people during its misfire blast (“Context of '1996-2000”, n.d.).
She became the victim thus of the radioactive pollution and succumbed to it dying of leukemia. With high dosage of radiation exposure there is acute toxicity by immediately causing death of the victim. The victim is stricken with lower vitality and dies either by anaemia, haemorrhage or infection. High exposure when faced in the gestation period leads to brain damage. Infants whose age is between eight to fifteen weeks of pregnancy exposed during the atomic attack of Second World War on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were detected to have a greater occurrence of brain damage with lowering of Intelligent Quotient(IQ) and also severe cases of mental retardation.