Not only was there instant vaporization - the lucky ones - but there were those with horrific radiation burns that is it did not kill them hours or agonizing days or weeks later, would get them years later via radiation sickness… or possibly with genetic mutations in their offspring.
There was also loss of home, industry… a war… which lead to their Emperor losing his Godhood…
It was bad for Japan.
It was good, however, for the Allied nations fighting against Japan, because Japan had a never surrender attitude, and that meant that if these bombs were not deployed, Allied Troops would have been forced to eventually land on mainland Japan and take the battle to the cities… something that would have prolonged the war, but ultimately would have cost even more Japanese lives, not to mention a score and then some of Allied lives.
One can whine and bitch about the atrocity of the U.S. deploying such an untried weapon on people, but the truth is, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ultimately saved a lot more lives than it cost.
How do I know that Japan wouldn't surrender?
Consider: They had the friction' city of Hiroshima decimated by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945… U.S. president called on Japan to surrender 16 hours later… and they refused. That first bomb… known as Little Boy… anywhere between 90,000 - 146,000 people died from that bomb. Granted that wasn't immediately, but immediately… the entire city was pretty much blown away.
Japan wouldn't give up - even in the face of this awesome new weapon.
It's why the U.S. dropped the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945… this one only took out between 39,000 - 80,000 over the next few months…
The U.S., wary of Japan's 'never-surrender' attitude, had one more atomic bomb in the pipeline that it was going to drop in a few days time, but this time… this time, Japan surrendered.
That's an additional 80,000 people that would have lived if Japan hadn't been so bloody stubborn after Hiroshima was decimated.
All Japan had to do was go to Hiroshima… see that the city existed only as frames of twisted metal, and say: "Holy crap!" and quit the war.
Holy crap. We've all seen photos of Hiroshima after the bomb. How could Japan possibly think theta could combat the might of the atom?
And yet… despite the awesome nastiness of these two bombs, they are mere firecrackers when compared to the firepower of other nuclear bombs.
Now… the following is not meant to belittle the survivors or victims of those two atomic bombs… it is meant to place into context just what sort of crap we of 2015 should be concerned about.
A few months ago, the Huffington Post published a chart showing the firepower of the world's most deadly atomic and nuclear bombs. Full story HERE. Check it out if the image I dropped in below doesn't expand when you click on it.
Prepare to be scared… and realize that someone, somewhere, is building a bigger and more dangerous weapon of mass destruction.
Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb?
Andrew Floyd Joseph