Nothing like the mushroom cloud had ever been seen, not by the general
public. It was a suitably awesome image for the power unleashed below.
On August 6 the first atomic bomb killed an estimated 80,000 people
in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. There was no quick surrender, and
three days later a second bomb exploded 500 meters above the ground
in Nagasaki. The blast wind, heat rays reaching several thousand degrees
and radiation destroyed anything even remotely nearby, killing or
injuring as many as 150,000 at the time, and more later. As opposed
to the very personal images of war that had brought the pain home,
the ones from Japan that were most shocking were those from a longer
perspective, showing the enormity of what had occurred.