Here's someone else in a reflective mood re August 6th 1945.
The report says he was in Okinawa at the time and felt the bomb
from there. That would be about 1000 km to the southwest.
Robert Trumbull wrote "Nine who survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki",1957, so about 11 years after. Not a great big book,
but it took me a while to catch on to what the title actually meant.
It needed a "both".
The book incidentally made clear why duck and cover was a topic in late-1940scivil defence, even though ridiculed later on.
> Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:25:11 +0100
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> Yes, no bias, I see the logic in thinking about the hundreds of
> thousands (or possibly millions) of Americans and Japanese who would
> have been killed had the Japanese home islands had to be invaded.
> Sobering nevertheless. But my fundamental message was of hope.
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> Yep. It brought about an end to the war with Japan and brought my dad
> home =
> from Burma where he was fighting for all our freedoms and destined to
> me life. An evil enemy was vanquished. Rejoice.
> In a message dated 06/08/2013 08:31:37 GMT Daylight Time, =20
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> On this day, 68 years ago, 12 men led by Colonel Paul Tibbets, in an
> aircraft named after his mother 'Enola Gay', carried out the first
> strike in history. Thankfully, the subsequent one three days later, has
> far remained the last.
> The weapons effectiveness (in terms of yield, i.e. blast) was pretty
> minimal compared to some of the behemoths developed later, during the
> War: the equivalent of 16,000 tons of TNT.
> Nevertheless, the area destroyed in Hiroshima was around 1 mile in
> (about 3.2 square miles, the size of Portishead or twice the size of
> Nailsea). 70,000 =E2=80=93 80,000 people died in the blast and within a
> acute radiation poisoning, 20,000 of them servicemen (Hiroshima was an
> 'army town').
> It is sobering to consider that during the height of the Cold War,
> with a yield of 100 megatons and even larger, were considered. These
> have produced yields 8000 times bigger than the Hiroshima bomb. This
> have produced a blast nearly 90 miles in radius. Total destruction.
> over Birmingham, this blast would totally destroy Bristol, cause fires
> Weymouth, and break windows and strip roofs in Cherbourg. This is
> incomprehensible, I know, but there's probably the key.
> But then, you start to think. Nobody ever wins a war until their
> are holding enemy soil. Even then, you're never sure (are you, Herr
> Hitler?). And the radiation rising from such stupendous explosions just
> goes up in the atmosphere, and comes back to bite YOU. In fact
> material from any nuclear explosion is spread around the world, and
> certainly in the West and the Soviet Union, this was thought of as
> something of a disadvantage of large-yield nuclear weapons.
> I worked this out all by myself during the Cold War, and although
> V-bombers were on the runways fully nuked up during the 6-day War in
> and after the Russian shooting down of an off-course airliner in 1984,
> slept at night. And here we are, worried about Al-Quaeda.
> We are a worried species. If we aren't worried about nuclear
> we pick on the next potential disaster =E2=80=93 climate change,
> meltdown, alien invasion... Relax. It's been a 2 million year wild ride
> since Olduvai Gorge, but we're still here.
> And as for 6th August? I prefer to remember the Rev John Skinner
> discovering the Roman settlement of Charterhouse on Mendip on this day
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