At 8:15 a.m August 6, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped above Hiroshima, killing estimate of 140,000 men, women, and children. Another 10,000 more died from radiation poisoning and survivors suffered from serve burns from the heat. Three days later another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing some 40,000 instantly and several thousand more from radiation. Even with all this consequences a major question is still debated today. Was it moral to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to save American soldier lives?
After arriving at the U.S. base on the Pacific island of Tinian, the more than 9,000-pound uranium-235 bomb was loaded aboard a modified B-29 bomber christened Enola Gay. The plane dropped the bomb–known as “Little Boy”–by parachute at 8:15 in the morning, and it exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT, destroying five square miles of the city. The A-bomb wasn’t tested out yet until the day of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing. At noon on August 15, 1945 (Japanese time), Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s surrender in a radio broadcast. The news spread quickly, and “Victory in Japan” or “V-J Day” celebrations broke out across the United States and other Allied nations.
Atomic Bomb in World War 2 During World War II the United States government launched a $2 billion project. This project, known as the Manhattan Project, was an effort to produce an atomic bomb. This project was taken on by a group atomic scientists from all over the world. The first atomic bomb was not tested at all. It was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 killing over 80,000 people and almost completely leveling the entire city.
On August 6th, 1945 in Hiroshima, around 83,000 people were deceased in an instant and tens of thousands of more died in the following year due to wounds and radiation poisoning. In addition to this, food became scarce and most could not find shelter in Hiroshima, which encouraged civilians to migrate from Hiroshima to other rural areas. Three days later, on August 9th, Nagasaki also suffered the same fate as Hiroshima. The explosion of the atomic bomb destroyed anything within a half-mile radius. Moreover, around 40,000 to 75,000 citizens were killed by this blast.
On August 6, 1945 an American B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This was the first use of nuclear weapons in the history of human warfare and almost the last. Many people debate whether using nuclear weapons was a moral choice. I believe it was moral. Though many people died from the bomb, the amount of good that came from dropping it greatly outweighs the bad.
There were six civilians for every soldier. The explosion killed 140,000 people and another 60,000 died later from the effects of the bomb. On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the second atomic bomb, Fat Man, on Nagasaki, Japan. The explosion killed 70,000 people and another 140,000 later died. On August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States.
Why President Truman Decided to Drop Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki At 02:45 August 6th 1945, the B-29 Superfortress the Enola Gay took off from the specially lengthened North Field on the Island of Tinian in the Marianas. The plane piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets was 7 tons. At 0815 hours the bomb doors of the B-29 opened and flying at approximately 32,000 ft the uranium based atom bomb code-named “Little Boy” was unleashed upon the city of Hiroshima. Over 70,000 men women and children were killed by blast alone. And over the next half century approximately another 40,000 would die from related illnesses.
Three days later a second bomb named ”Fat Boy,” made of plutonium was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. After being released, it took approximately one minute for Little Boy to reach the point of explosion, which was about 2,000 feet. The impact of the bombs on the cities and people was massive. Black rain containing large amounts of nuclear fallout fell as much as 30km from the original blast site. A mushroom cloud rose to twenty thousand feet in the air, and sixty percent of the city was destroyed.
On August 6, 1945, at 9:15 AM Tokyo time, the "Enola Gay", which is a big airplane controlled by Paul W. Tibbets dropped “Little Boy”, which is an atomic bomb, on Hiroshima, Japan. In a short period of time, half of the city totally disappeared on the map. At least 60,000 people were exterminated or missing, and it is most like about 100,000 thousand people killed 140,000 were injured badly. Many more people were homeless as a result of the bomb. In the blast, thousands died fast as lightning.
There were several alternatives to dropping the bomb. The introduction of this weapon began a nuclear arms race. Some say that the atomic bomb saved lives, yet thousands were killed. President Harry Truman made the wrong decision in dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because the bombs killed thousands of civilians. When the bomb hit Hiroshima, 350,000 people were exposed (Gup 89).