Hiroshima And Nagasaki : The Effects Of The Bombs

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Effects of the Bombs Approximately 42,000-93,000 people deceased from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima was set as the initial death count, but it was then later accurately estimated at 130,000 people, while the death toll in Nagasaki was set at 60,000-70,000 civilians. Over 90% of these people within 500 meters of ground zero, the point on earth 's surface above or below an exploding nuclear bomb, died (Destructive Effects). ⅔ of the civilians that were within one mile of the bombing were casualties and ⅓ died; half of the people within 1.2 miles were casualties and at distances over 2.4 miles away, the casualties slowly lowered to 10%. People closer to or within ground zero died immediately or throughout the first day. Casualty rates for both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the highest near ground zero and respectfully declined as the distance away from the explosion increased; however the total death count continued to drastically rise in the first two weeks but soon leveled off in the following weeks leaving behind scars and illnesses they would bare for generations to come. In the first two weeks, trauma and mainly burns from the explosions rays and flames were to follow. In the third week or so people began to see symptoms of radiation damage such as loss of hair, anemia, loss of white cells, bleeding and diarrhea. 10% of these cases were fatal. (Destructive Effects). Throughout the third and fourth month of there seemed to be some improvement in
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