The Atomic Bomb

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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? No, the problems created from the bomb far outweigh the gains because of the number of lives lost, it made the surrounding land uninhabitable, and caused birth defects in future generations. One of the more immediate effects of the atomic bomb was its ability to kill thousands in seconds and more over time. The blast, heat, and radiation from the Hiroshima bomb killed anything within a 20 mile radius. Killing 140,000 people on impact and a additional 10,000 more over weeks from radiation poisoning. Though the Nagasaki bomb killed nearly half as much the destruction left from the bomb can not be denied When bomb went off a super-high air pressure of several thousand atmospheres was created. This created a powerful shock wave and the wind blew at around 1000 miles per hour. Thousands were killed by being thrown through the air or crushed by structures. The blast shattered windows sending glass flying through the air, penetrating deep into the victims bodies. Radiation also played a role in the death toll of the atomic bombs anyone within 1 kilometer of the explosion died from initial radiation. Within 20-30 minutes of the explosion a thick black rain started falling in the northwest. The rain contained radioactive soot and dust... ... middle of paper ... ... wildlife would die. America's once beautiful geography would now be unrecognizable. The creation of nuclear weapons and the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima was the start of a different America. Nuclear warfare played a major role in the changes the U.S faced during the 1940’s-1950’s. It affected many aspects of life, some unchangeable, but all devastating. Nuclear war not only affected the social and mental aspects of a person’s life, but also the health and safety of Americans, the United States economy and government, and the country's geography. People’s lives changed in every way possible, mostly all negative. Americans had to quickly but slowly learn to adapt to the new changes surrounding them. While living in constant feel of a nuclear attack, Americans struggled every day to understand and prepare for the effects that would be soon to come.

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