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Citizen Kurchatov: Stalin's Bomb Maker


Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6, 1945 the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber, dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Only one minute after it was released from the plane, between 70,000 and 80,000 people died from its blast. People near ground-zero were vaporized, but many others died from the blast or the lethal levels of radiation. This was the first time an atomic bomb had been used in warfare.

Hiroshima after bombThe uranium bomb, nicknamed "Little Boy," exploded over the city at approximately 8:15 in the morning. Intense winds generated by the explosion caused the most serious destruction, knocking down everything closer than 1.5 miles from ground-zero.

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