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On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima without any precedent. The explosion viciously destroyed four square miles of the city and killed 90,000 and injured 40,000. (Weber, “Was Hiroshima Necessary?”) Three days later, a second atomic bomb stroked the city of Nagasaki which killed approximately 37,000 people and injured 43,000 (Weber, “Was Hiroshima Necessary?”). These actions of the United States still remain controversial today and the United States’ abuse of power and morality can be questioned. ‘Were the dropping of atomic bombs in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a justified way to end World War Two?’.
On November 16th, 1952, the United States dropped the first Hydrogen bomb over a point slightly north of Runit Island. The bomb was dropped by a B-36H bomber and was thousands of times stronger than most atomic bombs. By the following year, the Soviet Union tested their first, and by early the 1970’s, another seven nations had succeeded in their own tests. There are four stages following the detonation of nuclear bombs. The first is named the Flash and Fireball, which is the effect of a flash bright as the sun and the immediate burning of objects nearly nine miles away.
The bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima destroyed the entire city and killed about 100,000 people upon impact. Another 100,000 people died within the weeks following the explosion from radiation poisoning and other factors. The second type of nuclear bomb is the hydrogen bomb. This bomb is created by the fussing of light atoms like hydrogen being forced together with extreme heat and pressure. A small hydrogen bomb is 4-times as powerful as an atomic bomb.
With multiple chances from the United States to surrender in the war and rejecting each one, the Japanese set themselves up for disaster. On August 6, 1945 the course of history was changed. Two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima, and three days later, August 9, 1945, on Nagasaki that ended World War II. Japan had already been a defeated nation from conventional bombs and World War II. Many innocent lives were lost, psychological scars were left on the lives of the bomb survivors, and thus many lives were changed forever.
Hiroshima: Killing Thousands of People At 8:15 in the morning, on August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first nuclear weapon ever used in a war. Little Boy was dropped from a B-29 bomber over the Japanese city of Hiroshima1. The blast itself and the radioactive fall out killed around one hundred thousand people and demolished the city. Did the Japanese bring this upon them selves? What was the role of the Japanese civilians in the United States decision to drop the bomb?
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