Thursday, August 09, 2007

Trying to keep alive the memory of Nagasaki, here in Madison and elsewhere around the world

It's so easy to forget the second Japanese city that the United States nuked in 1945. There are many ceremonies on and around Hiroshima Day, and of course Nagasaki is inclued in a general sense, but three days later, most people don't have enough emotional energy to spend much time thinking about it. So I thought I would post a photo I took the other night at the Lanterns for Peace observance in Tenney Park, Madison, as a small reminder. Click here to see the original set..

In early August, 1945, the U.S. had two bombs ready to go, and used them both: a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, and a technically more complicated and somewhat more powerful plutonium bomb on Nagasaki. From Wikipedia:
On 9 August 1945, Nagasaki was the target of the world's second atomic bomb attack at 11:02 a.m., when the north of the city was destroyed and an estimated 40,000 people were killed. According to statistics given at the Nagasaki Peace Park, the dead totaled 73,884, injured 74,909 and diseased several hundred.
The Nagasaki bomb was a bit off target and hills sheltered some of the city, which is why the death toll from the more powerful of the two bombs -- though obscene -- was somewhat smaller than at Hiroshima. Wikipedia notes that some Hiroshima survivors had taken shelter in Nagasaki and were bombed twice.

1 comment:

Keith Price said...

"though obscene"

Do you think the bombing was wrong? Have you ever blogged about remembering Pearl Harbor?