The Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Truman stated that any attempt to invade Japan would only cause American casualties

Truman decided to drop the bomb to bring a "speedy end" to the war.

Many historians said that the another reason was to demonstrate the new weapon of mass destruction to the Soviet Union.

Hiroshima before the atomic bomb.

Served as a trade center and a port of navigation.

In the 1600's it became one of Japan's largest cities.

Hiroshima after the atomic bomb "Little Boy" on August 6, 1945 during WWII.

Thousands of people died immediately after the bomb was dropped, and many passed away due to exposure to radiation.

Emission of energy as electromagnetic waves. Exposure to high levels damage internal organs leading to death.

B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber.

Four engine propeller driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing.

Name of aircraft that carried the first atomic bomb used in warfare.

Silverplated (modified to carry bombs)

Flown primarily by the United States during WWII.

"Little Boy"

Dropped approximately at 8:15,and exploded 43 seconds later it was dropped.

Explodes through a series of chain reactions.

Made with Uranium 235

Nagasaki after the second atomic bomb was dropped over Japan.

August 9, 1945, two days after Hiroshima.

The "atomic cloud" was what ended WWII.

"Fat Man"

Dropped over Nagasaki August 6, 1945.

Contained Plutonium 239

Second nuclear weapon used in warfare.

Nuclear fission is what produced the atomic bomb.

Fission weapons generate their power through the splitting of an atomic nuclei.

The atomic bombs killed many people instantly, many who survived died due to radiation.

Hiroshima, modern day today.

No longer radioactive.

Radiation will be present for a very long time, but is not enough to affect human health.

Atomic bomb used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not as powerful as nuclear weapons today.

Present day Nagasaki.

Rebuilt and is habitable.

Radiation levels in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is about the same as natural radiation on the Earth.

Chernobyl released 200 times more radiation than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined making it uninhabitable as of today.

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