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Experincing The Atomic Bombs In Japan

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On August 6, 1945, a plane called the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Instantly, 70,000 Japanese citizens were vaporized. In the months and years that followed, an additional 100,000 perished from burns and radiation sickness. Two days later, on August 9, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, where 80,000 Japanese people perished. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one of the most controversial aspects in the history of the United States because many people believe that it wasn't a necessary action to win the war. While others think that using the atomic bombs on Japan was essential because it saved many American lives. The bombing of Nagasaki, caused catastrophic damage to the city and its people, leaving people to question why did this event occur?
Sakue Shimoshira, a 10 year old at the time of the Nagasaki Bombing, tells her experience, “On that unforgettable day of August 9th 1945, the air-raid sirens started ringing out from early in the morning, and we children rushed to our regular dugout… There was a flash of light, and the very second that it appeared as though the hole was illuminated from corner to corner, a violent gust of wind blew in; we were blown off our feet, dashed against the rocks… The air-raid shelter, which should have been empty, was full of people with charred bodies; people with ripped flesh, covered in blood; people whose eyeballs had burst out of their sockets; people whose burns had swollen their bodies by two or three times. Everywhere people were wailing, ‘Give me some water, help me!’I was scared, paralyzed with fear and unable to move…” (2009) Sakue was eventually found and is now 71-years-old. When the atomic bomb was dropped, Nagasaki had a population of about 240,000. However, by the end of December 1945, 73,884 of its people had been killed, and 74,909 had been injured by the atomic bomb. In addition, the “atomic bomb disease,” caused by the heat rays, blast and radiation harmed the survivors. Even today, atomic bomb victims and their children are suffering the consequences of the atomic...

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