Facts About Atomic Bombs

Facts About Atomic Bombs

  • 10% of the US electricity is made from dismantled atomic bombs.
  • Only 3 of 12 people on board of the Enola Gay know what the mission to Hiroshima was about.
  • At the peak time there was almost 1000 uranium mines in the USA.
  • The US dropped 49 practice bombs (called “Pumpkin bombs”) on 14  targets in Japan that killed 400 people and injured 1,200 before  dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • The entire cost of the Manhattan Project was around $20 billion.  This is over $255 billion in today’s dollar (because of the inflation).
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not radioactive anymore.
  • Around 70,000 nuclear missiles were built since WWII.
  • Tokyo only realized that atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 3 hours after it happened.
  • 4,680 nuclear bombers were built since 1945.
  • The original target of the atomic bomb that landed in Nagasaki was originally Kokura, an other Japanese city.
  • The US blew up multiple atomic and hydrogen bombs in space.
  • The closest known survivor was only 170 meters or 558 feets aways from the detonation of the atomic bomb of Hiroshima.
  • One out of every 250 US citizen worked on the Manhattan Project during the Second World War.
  • The last US nuclear test was in 1992.
  • The Flame of Peace in Hiroshima has burned since 1964 in honor of  the victims. It will be only extinguished when all of the nuclear  weapons are destroyed and the planet is free from any nuclear threat.
  • There are currently about 16,400 nuclear warheads in the world.
  • Prior to the first nuclear bomb detonation in July of 1945, isotopes  such as strontium-90 and cesium-137 simply did not exist in  nature. Pieces of art and bottles of wine created before 1945 can be  tested for cesium, if they contain traces of cesium they would almost  certainly be fake.

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