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Atomic Power Keeps the World on the Brink It was 1945 and World War II was in full swing Bombs were falling all over Europe destruction was everywhere and Nazi death camps were running at full speed attempting to exterminate the Jewish population and others deemed undesirable Japans bombing of Pearl Harbor four years earlier had forced the United States to end its isolationist practices and join the battle In the secret labs of Los Alamos there lurked a new weapon At this lab scientists were working feverishly to complete what would become the most destructive and potent weapon the Earth had ever seen the atomic bomb Not only would this bomb end the final stage of World War II but it also set the world on a dangerous path to see who could create and amass the most powerful arsenal of weapons The effects of this would be far reaching and would create an uneasy aura of anxiety that permeated through the conscience of humanity It was a race against time Whoever was first to unlock the mysteries of the atom would inevitably win the war Fortunately for the preservation of humanity God and luck was on the side of the Allied powers and the United States was able to complete the puzzle first Ironically a German scientist who defected during the war helped fill in some of the missing links to the equation This magnificent device was able to unleash the power of the atom creating an explosion equal to roughly 15 kilotons of TNT After Japans rejection of multiple warnings to surrender and give up the war they set their own fate in the history books to be the first to experience the horror of this new weaponry On August 5th 1945 an American B-29 Superfortress dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima As the plane which was later named Enola Gaye departed the drop
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