Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Topics: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nuclear weapon, World War II Pages: 6 (2251 words) Published: March 31, 2013
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
A disastrous story

Biology Term Paper
Akshit Garg
Prof. Carlos Leon.


… at 11:02 I heard a huge explosion.. I saw a strong, blue and red flash… there was a thrust of extremely hot air. I ran, covering my eyes and head with my hands, to take cover between the storage shed and the house... That’s when there was a blast and… I passed out. I thought a bomb had dropped by my feet. I couldn’t move... I called out for help but nobody came. I heard a child crying, though, and I thought, “My child is safe.”… he was inside the house.. the blast flattened the house. But my grandmother threw herself on top of the baby, so he was spared being crushed under the rubble. However, my child suffered burns and sheets of skin on his arms, legs and face were loosely dangling from his body... I managed to break through the wall and my grandmother gave me back my child. With my child in my arms, I walked far to a hill and looked down upon the city. What I saw was a raging inferno. I thought: “What in the world happened?... Kinue Y, a survivor of Nagasaki During World War 2 on August 6th and 9th USA dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities named Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The first bomb was dropped Hiroshima and then on Nagasaki subsequently. The main motive behind this was to bring the war against Japan to an end. In the human history this was the first time when nuclear weapons were used against people and created such a big disaster. The first two weeks the approximate number of deaths was 150,000. At the end of December 1945, the death rate was at 200,000 (Japan Confederation of A-and H- Bomb Sufferers Organization). If we see today the approximate number of individuals who were exposed to the radiations of the bomb and are still alive is between 100,000-400,000. (Briefing Paper 29. June 1999 Nuclear Issues http://www.uic.com.au/nip29.htm). This was the most massive destruction that took place in the history of all times. President Harry S Truman gave orders for the bomb dropping and bombs named little boy and Fat man were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The whole mission was known as ``Manhattan project``. There were many people who survived but they are till date suffering from diseases which cannot be cured. This was a manmade disaster but he line of co pilot of Enola gay suggests that they were guilty `` My god What we have done`` Statement of the problem what aspects of the topic make it an environmental problem? The both events that took place on August 6th and 9th were not only hazardous for civilians but also created many environmental issues. It is very obvious that whenever there is a blast taking place different forms of energy is released which can be either used in a positive way or negative way. So, the blasts caused severe air pollution from radioactive and dust particles spread across the air, and also the fire created a big disaster. The whole ecological system was disrupted when the blasts happened. Different species of plants and animals were killed in the blast, or died with the continuing effects of radioactive precipitation. Radioactive particles clogged water wells and contaminated drinking water, as we all know that problems related to water contamination take a lot of time to solve. All the hazardous gases and tiny particles got into soil and when rain occurred they drained into the sea or oceans and lead to death of many aquatic animals, this also lead extinction in agricultural production. There were dead stalks of rice up to seven miles from ground zero. The bomb affected areas within 10 km radius around Hiroshima and Nagasaki within 1 km radius. There are three main explosive energy that are followed after an atomic bombing. * Fireball – All the air present in atmosphere absorbs heat and swells up like a fireball with a radius of 50ft and temperature at...

References: 1. (Andrew Langley, Hiroshima and Nagasaki ``Fire From the sky``) Explains the experiences of different people that faced the destruction. It also provides detailed description of atomic bombings on both the cities.
2. .http://www.history.com/topics/bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki
3. http://www.lenntech.com/environmental-effects-war.htm
4. http://www.ehow.com/info_8203814_environmental-effects-atomic-bomb.html
5. http://lynzy.hubpages.com/hub/Hiroshima_Bombing_Affects
6. http://www.nymc.edu/Clubs/Gaap/data/Dec08%20Hiroshima%20event%20article.pdf . This article explains and gives me an example of when the event took place and the survivors story.
7. http://alsos.wlu.edu/information.aspx?id=3061&search=Hiroshima,+Japan+
8. http://the-american-catholic.com/2012/07/24/father-wison-miscamble-defends-bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/
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