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Pat Shingleton: "The Moment, The Bomb..."

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago August 06, 2015 Aug 6, 2015 Thursday, August 06 2015 August 06, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

History often provides subtle reminders that extend comparisons to our present circumstances. Recent negotiations with representative from Iran may remind us of examples 80 years ago.
Following the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which resulted in 140,000 deaths, the Makurazaki Typhoon hit the city one month later killing 1,200. The second bombing of Japan was scheduled on August 11 but was moved up two days due to expected inclement weather and the originally selected city of Kokura was later changed to Nagasaki.  On August 9, 1945, a B-29 bomber, nicknamed Bockscar, after its commander, Frederick Bock, took-off from the island of Tinian carrying a 9,000 pound plutonium bomb named Fat Man with a blast equivalent of 21 kilotons of TNT.  Two weather observation planes scouted conditions over both target areas.  At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945 the nuclear inferno was unleashed 500 meters above the surface.

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