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The Bombing Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

2090 words - 9 pages

Bombing of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

By:
Rahil Chandra
Cushman 10 EP
Period: A
April 16, 2014

On December 7, 1941 an incursion occurred on U.S territory. Japan dispatched six of their aircraft carriers, Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, Hiryu, Shokaku, and Zuikaku. The planes flew over a naval base at Pearl Harbor which is in close proximity to Honolulu, Hawaii and attacked the naval base. Over two-thousand three hundred soldiers and sailors were killed and nearly one-thousand were wounded. The attack destroyed an aggregate of twelve ships and one hundred and sixty planes. President Roosevelt had a rejoinder in mind. With permission from Congress, he retaliated.
Prior to the attack, President ...view middle of the document...

As the warfare was unremitting, the pressure of the nuclear weapon was exigent for the U.S. The most critical laboratory was in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In Los Alamos, many world renowned scientists had been struggling for extensive periods of time to expose the secrets of atomic energy. Numerous amounts of obstacles and setbacks were displayed to the scientist. But, during late 1944 and early 1945, all the hard exertion ultimately paid off.
The scientists had successfully designed two types of atom bombs. Though they were able to blueprint it, they were not sure whether or not the bomb worked. At the push of the U.S government, they were focused to discover a conclusion to the test. Compositions for the Trinity were constructed. Trinity was the first experiment explosion of an atomic weapon in the world. In early 1944, the engineer who was in charge of the project, Kenneth T. Bainbridge, led a voyage to find a remote area in Los Alamos. The engineer was trying to find a eighteen by twenty-four mile sector in the south part of New Mexico, to test the bomb. The unit trekked through unmapped courses that were camouflaged in snow.
The area needed to test the bomb had to be leveled. It also needed to be secluded many miles away from any abode because they did not want anyone to be injured and the test was confidential. The U.S military had to face one of their significant security challenges. They had to be able to conceal two of the most aggressive bombs ever from the general population. Luckily, Bainbridge was able to locate one. The bomb was set to be tested on July 16, 1945.

It was 5:30 am. After years and years of preparation, the bomb’s countdown had finally ended. The explosion was “[a] tremendous burst of light [that] filled the morning sky, a light brighter than any before seen by human beings.” Follow the inceptive shock wave of light, spectators observed a large sphere of detritus rise and unfurl in the air with another smaller sphere rising up underneath it. The shape was a resemblance to a mushroom and because of that, it became known as the mushroom cloud.
To the limited people who observed the first mushroom cloud, it was “golden, purple, violet, gray, and blue. It lighted every peak, crevasse, and ridge of the nearby mountain range with a clarity and beauty that cannot be described.” About half a minute after the detonation, an enormous gust of air rushed over the New Mexican desert. Seconds later, the gust of air was followed by a deafening sound. Fermi, reached the Compania Hill as soon as the blast reached there and trickled paper into robust wind. After Fermi measured the distance of the sprinkle paper from where he was, he was able to determine that “the energy released from the bomb equaled an explosion of [ten thousand] tons of TNT.” Due to his uncomplicated science experiment, it proposed that the plutonium bomb was an exceedingly robust weapon.
Celebrations commenced after the explosion, but not for long. The...

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