Survivors of the Atomic warfare

It is stated that when the atomic bomb first went off many Japanese saw the great white flash but hardly heard any noise. This is almost unbelievable when you think of the massive explosion the bomb created. A few survivors speak to different media ambassadors about their experience and how the tragedy affected their lives.

Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto tells his story. He saw an elderly woman screaming that the child in her arms was hurt very badly after the explosion. The reverend took her to the grammar school that was one of the designated safe zones in case of a bomb attack. When they got to the school the glass windows was shattered and over 60 people was already waiting for treatment. Mr. Tanimoto says the only thing he remembers is seeing the burning houses and the flames that were destroying everything around the houses.

One of the survivors is Shigeko Sasamori, she was only a kilometre away where the atomic bomb was dropped. She was with her classmates and when she woke up after this terrible explosion she saw that many of her classmates were dead and very badly injured. She says that a third of her body was burned and she has burn scars in her face, neck, back, half of her chest, shoulders arms and hands. These scars will remind her of this horrifying tragedy she survived.

Dr. Ryuso Tanaka says when he realized that there was an explosion he impulsively jumped into the pool that was just a few feet away. He said that he did not feel the strong wind of the explosion and that he stayed in the pool until he thought that it was safe to get out. To date he hasn’t experienced any problems with his health.

Many other survivors explain these explosions as terrifying. Tsutomu Yamaguchi that was a survivor of both explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki said that he thought the mushroom cloud followed him. Another survivor Misako Katani is scarred for life as she explains that she is too scared to tell people that she is a survivor or the atomic warfare because she doesn’t think anybody wants to be part of such a person’s life. She says: “The atomic bombing destroyed my life”.

“A- Bomb Survivor’s Story” is the story of Murakami Keiko. It is a touching, intense and emotional story on how this explosion affected this woman’s life. Do yourself a favour and read this story you will have a whole different view point on the damage that this explosion caused not just physically but emotionally aswell.
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Researchers state that one of the earliest things they noticed in Japan after the explosions was that children develop Leukaemia very early. This is most probably because of the high radio activity in the air. Although children are the most affected by the atomic explosion, older people also developed cancer in different parts of their bodies: stomach, longs, colon and breasts. It is sad but true that cancer is how atomic bombs still affect Japan today and even though the war ended a long time ago it is still a war for people that were affected by the radio activity of the explosion.

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The history of the Atom bomb

In these past few weeks I did many researches on the histories of different war times. I looked deeper into the causes of the war but also how propaganda affected people during the war. This brings me to my next blog. World War 2 ended with the atom bomb that was used to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. It triggered a sense of interest to know how the atom bomb developed.

On 2 August 1939 Albert Einstein made Franklin D. Roosevelt, president of the US at that time, aware that Germany is experimenting with to purify uranium which could be used to build atomic bombs. Not long after that the government of the US started to spend money on the research and experimenting with uranium. The first Atomic bomb was built during the World War 2. This project was called the Manhattan Project. The Atomic bomb was built in Los Alamos and this was approved as the main site for scientific laboratory of the Atomic bomb. In 6 years more than $2 billion was spent on the Manhattan Project and finally Robert Oppenheimer, the brain behind the atom bomb, discovered a way to make this bomb explode and cause enormous damage.

The Atomic bomb is a scientific discovery with fine planning and many experimenting. The core of the bomb consists of a sphere of concentric shells of fissionable materials and is surrounded with a level of explosives. This bomb releases thermal energy achieving million temperature degrees. This energy creates a fireball that can destroy an entire small city.

Many survivors of this tragedy explain the characteristics of this explosion as a mushroom shape cloud that forms around the area where the explosion were. This can be supported by the fact that the currents created by the explosion suck dust and other ground materials and form a dark gloomy colour cloud.

The first Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the United States on 6 August 1945. It was made with Uranium. This bomb was nicknamed “Little boy”. This explosion had the force of more than 15 000 tons of TNT. Approximately 66 000 people were killed and 69 000 were injured. About 67% of the city’s structures were destroyed.

The next atomic bomb was released on Nagasaki not to far away from Hiroshima on 9 August 1945. This bomb was the plutonium type and the explosion was equal to 21 000 tons of TNT. This bomb was nicknamed “fat man”. 25 000 was injured and 29 000 were killed. After these major explosions caused so much damage, the Japanese surrendered.

Atomic bombs not only cause problems in short terms but also cause major illnesses on the long term. The rain that follows after the atomic explosion contains radioactive particles and can cause poisoning. Many survivors of the explosion self were affected in the long term by the radioactivity that they got in touch with after the explosion. Later on I will discuss more effects on survivors and the people that were affected by the atomic explosions. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused a new nuclear age.

Although there are many different anti-nuclear campaigns there are currently eight countries that are developing and using their own nuclear weapons: the US, Russia, UK, France, China, Israel and Pakistan.

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