WWII

What Happened Immediately After the Bombs Were Dropped on Japan

At the end of WWII, Japan was in nearly total devastation, and the civilians who remained loyal to their country and emperor were having a particularly difficult time. But when the Japanese military said "fight on," there really wasn't any doubt that the order would be followed. In an effort to put an end to these shenanigans while there were still some people left living on the Japanese home islands, the US decided to roll up with Little Boy and Fat Man.

Those were the names of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The aftermath of the atomic bombs can only be described as complete devastation. After Hiroshima was hit, chaos ensued. The immediate aftermath of the Nagasaki bomb was equally chaotic, but in a much different way.

In total, the two devices took an estimated 103,000 lives as a result of the blast itself, the ensuing fires, and long-term radiation poisoning, according to the World Nuclear Association. The Hiroshima bomb is believed to have ended 45,000 lives in the first day alone. That was just under one-fifth of the city's total population. The casualty count in Nagasaki was a staggering 40,000, counting only the first day. Between the atomic devices and the multitude of other bad things raining down on Japan, the immediate post-WWII years were pretty brutal times.

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