BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI
On 6th August
1945 the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on the
Japanese city of Hiroshima
" Up to 180,000 people were killed from a population of 350,000
" The firestorm destroyed 13 sq km of the city
" Over 60% of buildings were completely destroyed
Three days later on 9th August a second atomic bomb was detonated
over the city of Nagasaki
" Up to 100,000 people were killed from a population of 240,000
" Nearly a quarter of all buildings were consumed in flames
In total about 250,000 people died in the first few days. Everyone
within half a mile of the bombs was instantly vaporised by intense
heat. All that was left was their shadows burnt into stone walls.
Those caught in the open were killed by heat and blast waves. Huge
winds destroyed any remaining buildings. Thousands were killed by
falling debris or suffocated because the oxygen in the air had burnt
away. In the days, weeks and months that followed thousands more
died from their injuries or from the effects of radioactive fallout.
Years later survivors developed radiation induced cancers and intestinal
problems. Children of survivors were more likely to be born with
genetic deformities or develop leukaemia.
In both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the overwhelming majority of people
killed were civilians, ordinary men, women and children.
All of this was caused by just TWO nuclear weapons.
Today we live in a world where there are 30,000 nuclear weapons.
UK Trident warheads are nearly EIGHT TIMES MORE powerful that the
bomb that exploded on Hiroshima.
Together we can work to change this suicidal madness.
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