Why The U.S. Dropped A Nuclear Bomb On Japan

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It has been 70 years since the U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. What was the reasoning behind this devastating act of war?

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The Effects of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/USSBS/AtomicEffects/AtomicEffects-2.html
“A single atomic bomb, the first weapon of its type ever used against a target, exploded over the city of Hiroshima at 0815 on the morning of 6 August 1945.”

Fact File : Hiroshima and Nagasaki
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/timeline/factfiles/nonflash/a6652262.shtml
“On the morning of 6 August 1945 an American B-29 bomber, the ‘Enola Gay’, dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.”

What it would look like if the Hiroshima bomb hit your city
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/05/what-it-would-look-like-if-the-hiroshima-bomb-hit-your-city/
“The bomb, code-named Little Boy, killed 66,000 people, mostly civilians, and injured at least 69,000 more, according to estimates the U.S. Army made in 1946.”

The 390-Year-Old Tree That Survived the Bombing of Hiroshima
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/history/390-year-old-tree-survived-bombing-hiroshima-180956157/
“When Yamaki donated the now 390-year-old white pine bonsai tree to be part of a 53 bonsais gifted by the Nippon Bosnai Association to the United States for its bicentennial celebration in 1976, all that was really known was the tree’s donor.”

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