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.
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.