The Bombing Of Hiroshima Essay

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The morning of August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan did not begin in any exceptional way; in fact the people had no idea that they were about to be part of one of the most significant mornings in all of history. At 8:15 am, the United States Army Air Forces dropped the first atomic bomb, ironically called, when one considers the enormity of the bomb's significance, the "Little Boy" Three days later the U.S. dropped a second bomb nicknamed the "Fat Man" on the town of Nagasaki, Japan. Historically, the use of the atomic bombs is seen as a decision that the United States made during WWII in order to end the war with Japan. Regardless of the motivation for using the bombs, they left a death toll of 210,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This essay will focus on the first bombing in Hiroshima. The bombing of Hiroshima, Japan not only changed the physical and emotional health, and culture of the Japanese people, but also changed the world. The inhumane bombing of Hiroshima had severe short and long term effects on Japan due to the reckless and inconsiderate actions of both President Truman and the United States.
The initial effects on Japan were overwhelming, the land was devastated. The bomb literally destroyed everything in its path. Almost no one within 800 meters of the bomb's blast survived. Shockingly just the shells of two buildings were left standing in the immediate vicinity of the explosion site. The decimated land was such a horrifying site, the US feared retaliation even after the Japanese surrender. The atomic bomb not only destroyed the city of Hiroshima, but also affected thousands of people and caused thousands of deaths immediately after the bombing. Source one indicates how the people exposed to the high temperature of the heat waves and radiation experienced third and second-degree burns. The burns melted away skin, and burned through to tissue and internal organs. Also the initial blast caused by the dropping of the bomb killed many people near the hypocentre as they were thrown into air by winds over one thousand miles per hour. The blast also caused a hurricane of debris crushing anything in its path. Acute radiation was also an immediate effect of the atomic bomb, people with cases of acute radiation had cases of nausea and diarrhoea, as well as headaches, delirium, insomnia, fatigue and blood in vomit, urine and stool. Thousands of deaths and mental conditions can be linked to the short-term effects of the atomic bomb, one of the most tragic consequences was the damage done to Hiroshima's families. According to the Atomic Bomb Museum in 2005 there were 6,500 orphans in the city of Hiroshima following the bombing. It is estimated that four thousands of these Children were orphaned due to the bombing. Alone in the world with no one to care for them, these children faced a terrifying plight, in a city that was left in ruins, source two evidences how some found their way safely through this world, however many more were forced to...

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