Seventy-five years ago today, the world was shaken. World War II was still waging in the Pacific when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki. As a result Japan withdrew and gave in but this act had many other effects on humanity, and the loss of no less than 200,000 lives. These were the only times nuclear weapons were used during an armed conflict.
Seventy five years ago, the power of the atomic bomb destroyed the city of Hiroshima in Japan. The US Government used the atomic bomb for the first time on August 6, 1945 to bring a premature end to World War II. The “Little boy” bomb contained 64 kilos of uranium and had an impact of as much as 15,000 tons of explosives.
Terumi Tanaka, who was living in the city when the bomb was dropped, said that within seconds of the bomb exploding, he lost consciousness: “Suddenly, I heard a loud noise. I didn’t know what it was but, as soon as I heard it, everything turned white. People say it was lightning, but everything turned white. I had a feeling it was something ugly, I ran downstairs and crouched down, I closed my ears and eyes and lost consciousness. ”
Terumi Tanaka said the as a result of the bomb, many people were burned and those injured could not be given help because rescue workers took three days to arrive. He said the smell of burning was strong and the effects of the bomb continued to be felt weeks later. The dead in Hiroshima rose to 140,000 people.
On August 9, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. It killed 75,000 people.
75 years later, Mr Tanaka said his fear was that the effects of these events would be forgotten and the use of the atomic bomb would be reconsidered.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that on this anniversary the world should strengthen its resolve to ensure that such a tragedy does not happen again. He reiterated Malta’s position that the world ought to be free of nuclear weapons.