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At 1102 am August 9 1945 an atomic bomb exploded 500 meters above this spot The black stone monolith marks the hypocenterThe fierce blast wind heat rays reaching several thousand degrees and deadly radiation generated by the explosion crushed burned and killed everything in sight and reduced this entire area to a barren field of rubble About one-third of Nagasaki City was destroyed and 150000 people killed or injured and it was said at the time that this area would be devoid of vegetation for 75 years Now the hypocenter remains as an international peace park and a symbol of the aspiration for world harmonyfrom Monumental inscription of hypocenterDAMAGE CAUSED BY THE ATOMIC BOMB EXPLOSION Levelled Area67 million square meters Large numbers of people died in the following years from the effects of radioactive poisoning The atomic bomb and its use over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is still a cause of intense debate more than fifty years later Many people from both Japan and The United States believe that President Trumans decision to drop the bomb was a mistake and that under no circumstances should such drastic measures be taken in war Most people dont recognize the horrible alternatives than the destruction of just two cities an invasion of mainland Japan where millions of more deaths would have occurred Soviet aid resulting in the division of Japan into a communist nation and the destruction of their culture the deaths of thousands of Allied prisoners of war held in Japan and the threat of renewed hostilities from Japan not to mention the possibility of several more years of bloody conflict Throughout the course of this paper all of these examples will be discussed as well as why Trumans decision was the most humane and rational for all the nations involved including Japan Axis power in Europe was destroyed Hitler and Mussolini were dead their armies annihilated their nations in ruins
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