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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Anniversary of Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

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The anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on the 6th August 1945 and Nagasaki, three days later, on 9th August, will have special resonance this year following the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. The days and months that have followed the mega-earthquake and tsunami of March 11 and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima reactor have brought stories of increased radiation in the affected area, radioactive cesium being found in local cows and school yards suffering from dangerous levels of radiation.

The atomic dome in HiroshimaJapan's first nuclear disaster occurred on this day 66 years ago and ceremonies take place in Hiroshima Peace Park and throughout Japan to remember the approximately 140,000 recorded victims.

At 8.15am on August 6 1945 the US B-29 bomber "Enola Gay" dropped the world's first atomic attack on a populated area.
The 3m long, 4 ton "Little Boy" bomb unleashed on Hiroshima carried 50kg of uranium 235 and the fission of 1kg of uranium released the equivalent of 16,000 tons of high explosive, well-nigh flattening the southern port city.

An interesting side story to the end of the war is this account of downed American airmen being saved from execution, just after the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.



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1 comment:

  1. World War II was very terrible for all and much more suffering for loosers.
    My country (Estonia) had been invaded by the Soviet Union in 1939 and coul be independent again only in 1991. Imagine, Estonian population in 1939, in my Country, was 89%, while now it is only 64%, because the Russians deported and killed a lot of people.
    When I was a child, I remember once I went to make holiday in Sakhalin (Karafuto), that at south of the 50th parallel before had been Japanese.
    With all these memories, I send a great embrace of Friendship ad admiration to all Japanese people.

    P.S. I'd be honoured if You visit my blog about the borders. Particularly, the page about Japan.
    OGENKIDE!

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