Tsunami vs. The Atomic Bomb

Comparing the Tsunami to the Hiroshima, Nagasaki atomic bombing in WWII, I found the following:

Truman then ordered that the first bomb to be dropped on one of the pre-selected target cities. On 6 August 1945, a stripped down B-29 Superfortress bomber, carrying nine aircrew and four scientist, flew towards Japan. The B-29 was named the “Enola Gay” after the pilot’s mother. At 8:15 am, the bomb suspended by parachute exploded 500 meters above the city of Hiroshima.

A-Bomb Dome
A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

A force of thousands of tonnes of TNT destroyed over sixty percent of the city. A mushroom cloud rose over 15,000 meters above the city while every building beneath it was destroyed for six kilometers. Over 80,000 people were killed, and 37,000 were severely wounded during the initial blast. Thousands more died later from radiation sickness.

Three days later, a second B-29 named “Bock’s Car” left its base to bomb the city of Kokura. Upon arriving at the city, the cloud cover did not allow the bomber to drop the bomb. They decided to go on to their secondary target selection, which was the city of Nagasaki. Nagasaki translates to the name “long valley,” which describes the terrain around the city. The mountains surrounding the city helped limit damage and the effects of the second bomb.

The power of the second weapon killed 35,000 and wounded 60,000. Many were to die later from exposure to radiation. For years, the suffering was to continue with the birth of deformed babies, sterility, and high levels of cancer in the population. Should the Allies have used the two atomic weapons on Japan? Arguments are made on both sides of the issue, and the question remains a controversy to this day.

Sources: History 20


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