Near the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman was faced with a difficult decision. He had to make a choice about what to do with Japan. Germany had surrendered to the Allies, but Japan kept fighting. Truman had to choose whether or not to invade Japan and drag the war on or use America’s new weapon, the atomic bomb, to end the war quickly.
Over the years there have been many uses for nuclear science. Today I will share with you some information about the nuclear weapons used in World War II, like who created them, when and where they were made and tested, how they work, and the destruction they cause. Let’s get started.
The atomic bombs were that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan took place on August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945. There is a great deal of controversy regarding whether or not the Untied States should have dropped the bombs on the Japanese cities. Using the atomic bombs have both pros and cons that many people feel strongly about. Some believe that Japan was not close to surrendering and more causalities would have occurred during a land invasion if the bombs were not dropped. In contrast, there were also several other ways of of attempting to end war with Japan that could have been done besides using the bombs. The atomic bombs also caused numerous devastating long lasting effects to the innocent Japanese population.
Have you thought about a natural disaster that happened years ago, leaving no effect on you at all? Why would you have a reason to? The effects of an earthquake that happened five years ago have probably been solved by now. Right? But unfortunately, the people of Haiti are still struggling and dying because of the earthquake that occurred five years ago. All of these problems are raising the number of orphaned children, and leaving them with no shelter, food, clothes, or a family to call their own.
Humans are extremely social creatures. People have an unparalleled capacity to empathize and recognize the emotions of others. However, extreme trauma can severely compromise this ability, particularly trauma inflicted by warfare. As a result of his first hand experience with the government 's use of technology in warfare, Billy Pilgrim of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five loses his ability to control his social interactions, becoming apathetic and disconnected with the world around him, a phenomenon not uncommon amongst those who have seen the immediate devastation of modern warfare technology.
World War 2 was coming to a close when the decision was made to drop the atomic bomb. The war was over in Europe, and almost over in Japan. There were justifications for the use the nuclear weapon, but they were for the most part either false or outweighed by the negatives. The US should not have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan.
In chapter four of the novel Wormwood Forest by Mary Mycio, Mycio explains the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear reaction, and how it had changed the ecosystem drastically. Chernobyl was a nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine that was operational during the time of the Cold War. This power plant had a sudden power surge in its reactor Unit 4, which resulted in a devastating incident. This caused large amounts of radioactive materials to be released into the air, and causing a level seven nuclear disaster, the highest level possible. After reading this chapter, it made me consider the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima 70 years ago, and the level seven nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Why are we concerned about Fukushima, when
Three Mile Island is a nuclear generating station located in a destitute area in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. With a couple thousand people living near this power plant, it was common for people living nearby to work here. During the 1970s, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission started making changes as a result of some accidents that were occurring recently. On August 3, 1978, D. F. Hallman, who was working for Nuclear Services, wrote a memo to B. A. Karrasch, a manager at TMI, explaining important changes that needed to be done to the reactors so another accident wouldn’t happen again like in Toledo. Through unprofessional and improper communication, the memo failed its purpose and a nuclear meltdown happened on March 28, 1979, seven months after the memo was sent. Still to this day it is the most compelling nuclear accident in United States history.
In 1945, President Truman had to make the most difficult decision of his life. Truman had to decide if the U.S. would drop an atomic bomb on Japan during WWII. He had a way to end the war with Japan, but doing so would unleash the most deadly weapon ever created.
Haiti is considered the poorest and the most densely populated country in the western hemisphere. Because of its topography Haiti is susceptible to soil erosion. Over several years Haiti has faced, high population growth, prominent poverty, significant food scarcities along and alimentary challenges. While rapid population growth has dropped, natural catastrophes, political and societal havoc’s have led to the country’s intense rise in poverty. January 12 2010 an immense magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti with an epicenter about 15 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left to live on the streets. The earthquake was measured to be the worst this region had seen in over 200 years. After
Tsunami is defined as a high long wave caused by an earthquake, volcano or a meteor and waves that spot grow larger and larger. How it builds up? Before a tsunami the earthquake happens and the waves grow up to one hundred feet tall. During the tsunami, the waves hit shallow waters and destroy anything in its way. After a tsunami, a large wall of water follows behind it and takes many objects with it back to the ocean.
United nations office for disaster risk reduction (2007) defines disaster risk management as ‘the systematic process of using administrative directives, organizations, and operational skills and capacities to implement strategies, policies and improved coping capacities in order to lessen the adverse impacts of hazards and the possibility of disaster.’
Quandaries in stabilizing the Fukushima I plant have hardened postures to nuclear potency. As of June 2011, "more than 80 percent of Japanese now verbally express they are anti-nuclear and distrust regime information on radiation". The perpetual Fukushima crisis may spell the terminus of nuclear power in Japan, as "denizen opposition grows and local ascendant entities reluct sanction to restart reactors that have undergone
At 7:59 am local time on Sunday, 26 December 2004, an earthquake of Magnitude 9.1 occurred off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia (3.316°N, 95.854°E, depth 30km) (United States Geological Survey, 2015). It is the third largest earthquake in the world since 1900 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2015). It also resulted in serial other earthquake and a large Tsunami in South and Southeast Asia. There are not many casualties caused by the earthquake itself because the epicenter is uninhabited sea. However, a Tsunami followed by an earthquake of Magnitude 7.7 occurred off the coast Java in 2006 had attacked the unprotected coastal zone far away from hundreds and thousands kilometers. It caused 227,898 people dead or missing and nearly ten million refugees as well, which is the maximum number than any other Tsunami in history (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2015). The energy released by the earthquake are equal to 23,000 atomic bombs (SMS Tsunami Warning, 2015). The Tsunami implicated not only Indonesia, but also Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar,
The article by Washington post states that Chernobyl has become a human exclusion zone after a nuclear explosion; animals thrive in this exclusion due to the lack of humans. While some animals are thriving and their population has increased ten-fold other animals have deformed parts and a decline in population. The health of the animals are unknown although there are studies in progress for more info, it is believed that they are healthy. The effects are mostly in “hot-zones” places were the level of radiation is highest, with the least human influence. Scientists recommend that humans stay away from wildlife after the spiking population of animals in the post-apocalyptic zones due to the lack of humans.