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Friday, July 27, 2007

WarWWII → Victim of atomic bombing of Hiroshima

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuclear attacks during World War II against the Empire of Japan by the United States of America under US President Harry S. Truman. On August 6, 1945, the first choice target, Hiroshima, was having clear weather. At 8:15 a.m. (local time), the Enola Gay's door sprang open and dropped "Little Boy." The bomb exploded 1,900 feet above the city and only missed the target, the Aioi Bridge, by approximately 800 feet. Staff Sergeant George Caron, the tail gunner, described what he saw: "The mushroom cloud itself was a spectacular sight, a bubbling mass of purple-gray smoke and you could see it had a red core in it and everything was burning inside... It looked like lava or molasses covering a whole city..." The cloud is estimated to have reached a height of 40,000 feet.

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Hiroshima's population has been estimated at 350,000; approximately 70,000 died immediately from the explosion and another 70,000 died from radiation within five years. A survivor described the damage to people: "The appearance of people was... well, they all had skin blackened by burns... They had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn't tell whether you were looking at them from in front or in back... They held their arms bent [forward] like this... and their skin - not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies too - hung down... If there had been only one or two such people... perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people... Many of them died along the road - I can still picture them in my mind -- like walking ghosts..."

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2012-05-09 07:41:33

2012-05-08 19:09:16

are you going to anwer michiales ?
2012-05-08 19:08:27

i have a school project is he still alive?????
2012-05-08 19:06:45

@Canadian Girl of peace:

I unlike others am not going to attack your post or you. What I am going to do is suggest you look at history. It is extremely sad and devastating to see what was done. That being said what was the alternative at the time? The alternative was to have to invade the Island of Japan as they were not willing to surrender. Everything that had been done was not working to convince them to stop and surrender. Carpet bombing along with incendiary bombs were used to no avail. Imagine the death toll a full out invasion of the Island of Japan would have caused. Iwo Jima and Okinawa the last major Islands to be taken resulted in over 150,000-200,000 killed. Again it is tragic what happened.
2012-05-05 17:20:51

Merissa , Knistely
canadian girl of peace , needs to shutupp .. who's with me ?!?!
2012-05-03 04:53:16

we are learning about this right now in world studies.
2012-05-03 04:50:22

Canadian Girl of Peace, whilst I echo
your sentiments that this was a truly
terrible occurrence, bombing Hitler's
bunker at this time would have meant
killing Allied soldiers. Hitler himself
had been dead 3 months before Hiroshima
and Berlin was occupied by Allied troops
. It would have also had a huge effect
on neighbouring countries that were
allied with the USA. That aside,
dropping a nuclear bomb on Germany
instead of Japan would not have been any
more morally correct. Innocent people
would have been victims in that case
too. Nowadays for example, it would not
be any more correct to nuke North Korea
than say Switzerland. Both would be
equally abominable.
2012-05-02 01:34:54

It makes no sense to obliterate innocent people and scar the ones to come for life, where as all they did was kill the soldiers who were involved. Makes no sense.
2012-05-02 01:00:53

Meow catz
Oh god
2012-05-01 23:05:37

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