Bombings Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki Effects On Society
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 caused extensive destruction to life and property ever witnessed in 20th century. The thermal, nuclear and heat effect of the explosive killed and injured as many as 200,000 people. The aftereffect of the bombing caused especially due to nuclear radiation stirred panic in the populace thus slowing down the repair and reconstruction work. The damage to lives and property was immense and the effects of exposure to nuclear radiation affected the future generations as well. By November 1945 just 140,000 people had returned to their cities.
The cities appeared to have sunk in a jiffy without any sign of struggle to a very primitive state. A single bombing had almost wiped out the entire face of the cities. Fear and terror had struck the people of Japan making them hysterical and forcing them to flee the cities. People would have been earlier accustomed to air raid sirens followed by the sight of almost hundred planes in the sky to get into a sense of panic. After the atomic bombing, this very populace panicked at the sight of a single plane or a cluster of few airplanes overhead as compared to earlier times. Terror had struck in the lives of the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The war ended soon after the bombing, but the paralysis of the lives of the Japanese still remained. The war was not won because of this bombing. The only positive aspect of this event was that it averted loss of thousands of lives of Allied troops in combat if Japan was to be invaded by them.
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