Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima Essay

2209 Words Mar 17th, 2001 9 Pages
On the quiet morning of August 6, 1945, the United States shocked the world by dropping an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. (www.grolier.com) Hiroshima was a major industrial city with an estimated population of almost 400,000 people. A B-29 bomber was loaded with the Atomic Bomb and left the United States Pacific air base at 2:45 a.m. local time and dropped the bomb at 8:15 a.m.
The bomb was detonated one minute after being dropped. The atomic bomb, nicknamed "Little Boy", which was dropped on the Hiroshima City, exploded at an altitude of 580 meters above a hospital close to the present A-bomb Dome. (Brown, p.38) The mushroom cloud resulting from the explosion reached an estimated altitude of five hundred and twenty
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William Leahy agreed that the bomb was wrong. He stated that if we would wait then there wouldn't be any hug disaster. I agree that Peal Harbor was the reason why the United States went ahead and dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, but I disagree that it was the right move. There is no way telling that dropping the atomic bomb would save lives. Yes, it is war and innocent people die, but why kill so many people with such a powerful weapon when the United States could just have easily retaliated in a different way.
The dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima have a numerous amounts of effects on the society of Japan, the government of Japan, and the environment of Japan. Some of the effects will haunt Japan for the rest of its existence.
The radiation generated by the bomb caused long-term problems to those affected. Many people died within the first few months and many more in subsequent years because of radiation exposure. (www.earthbase.org) Some people had genetic problems, which sometimes resulted in having malformed babies or being unable to have children.
Radiation exposure causes many long-term effects. Various kinds of cancer, including leukemia, is the most important late effect of radiation exposure observed among atomic bomb survivors. An excess risk of leukemia was one of the earliest delayed effects of radiation exposure seen in the victims of the atomic bombs

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