Last Hiroshima survivor has died

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Last Hiroshima survivor has died

Postby kan on Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:11 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-p ... 443295.stm

The only person officially recognised as having survived both atomic bombings in Japan at the end of World War II has died from stomach cancer, aged 93.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when a US plane dropped the first atomic bomb.

He suffered serious burns and spent a night there before returning to his home city of Nagasaki just before it was bombed on 9 August.


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Little Boy was the codename of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 by the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets of the 393d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, of the United States Army Air Forces.[2] It was the first atomic bomb to be used as a weapon. The second, the "Fat Man", was dropped three days later on Nagasaki.[3]

The weapon was developed by the Manhattan Project during World War II. It derived its explosive power from the nuclear fission of uranium 235. The Hiroshima bombing was the second artificial nuclear explosion in history, after the Trinity test, and the first uranium-based detonation. Approximately 600 milligrams of mass were converted into energy. It exploded with a destructive power equivalent to between 13 and 18 kilotons of TNT (54 and 75 TJ) (estimates vary) and killed approximately 140,000 people.[4] Its design was not tested in advance, unlike the more complex plutonium bomb (Fat Man). The available supply of enriched uranium was very small at that time, and it was felt that the simple design of a uranium "gun" type bomb was so sure to work that there was no need to test it at full scale. (Small-scale experiments were used to determine the critical mass and other properties).


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Re: Last Hiroshima survivor has died

Postby kan on Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:18 pm

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If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not
the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them.
These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly
killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

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Re: Last Hiroshima survivor has died

Postby thomo081092 on Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:26 pm

God he was really unlucky to be at both places when they bombed them :( It just goes to show u WMD's can win wars but at what cost
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Re: Last Hiroshima survivor has died

Postby Xhiea on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:08 pm

He suffered serious burns and spent a night there before returning to his home city of Nagasaki just before it was bombed on 9 August.


woah bad week :(

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Re: Last Hiroshima survivor has died

Postby Gh0st.IRE on Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:38 am

Thats a shame, Still 93 is a great age.
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Re: Last Hiroshima survivor has died

Postby bort on Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:34 am

Looks like James Cameron might be immortalising him. Might being the operative word here: http://bit.ly/652x29
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Re: Last Hiroshima survivor has died

Postby Mickey Stirup on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:50 pm

amazing story!
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