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Atomic Numbers (Some Viruses Are Manmade): Found Poem
Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. A second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later.
350,000: Population of Hiroshima before the bombing,
of which 40,000 were military personnel.
140,000: Estimated death toll, including those who died
from radiation-related injuries and illness through Dec. 31, 1945.
300,000: Total death toll to date, including those who have died
from radiation-related cancers.
1.2 million: Population of Hiroshima today.
31,500: Height in feet (9,600 meters) from which the B-29
Enola Gay dropped the “Little Boy” bomb.
2,000: Height in feet (600 meters) at which the bomb
exploded 43 seconds after it was dropped.
3,000-4,000: The estimated temperature in Celsius (5,400-7,200 Fahrenheit)
at ground zero seconds after the detonation.
8,900: Approximate weight of the “Little Boy” bomb
in pounds (about 4 metric tons).
1,600: Radius in feet (500 meters) from ground zero
in which the entire population died that day.
90: Percent of Hiroshima that was destroyed.
45: Minutes after the 8:15 a.m. blast that a “black rain”
of highly radioactive particles started falling.
3-6: Weeks after the bombing during which most of the victims
with severe radiation symptoms died.
10 million: Folded paper (“origami”) cranes
that decorate the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima each year.
Sources: Hiroshima city government; Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare; Japan Foreign Ministry.