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To: elbucko
"It's no secret", huh? Well, FYI, the nuclear detonations at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were air bursts above 5,000 Ft, AGL. There was very little nuclear contamination in the debris at these sites.

The sites were still contaminated with radiation. You may want to read a little more carefully. I never said to what degree. There is nothing to argue about here

But thanks for all those details.

44 posted on 12/18/2005 11:28:34 AM PST by Jigsaw John
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To: Jigsaw John
The sites were still contaminated with radiation. You may want to read a little more carefully

OK, I will.

Q. Is there still radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Answer: "Atomic bombs differ from conventional bombs in emitting explosive energy on an entirely different order of magnitude and radiation. Of the emitted energy, 5% was initial radiation and 10% was residual radiation."

"The initial radiation emitted at the moment of detonation inflicted great damage to human bodies. Most of those exposed to direct radiation within a one-kilometer radius died. Residual radiation was emitted later. Roughly 80% of all residual radiation was emitted within 24 hours. Research has indicated that 24 hours after the bombing the quantity of residual radiation a person would receive at the hypocenter would be 1/1000th of the quantity received immediately following the explosion. A week later, it would be 1/1,000,000th. Thus, residual radiation declined rapidly."

The radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki today is on a par with the extremely low levels of background radiation (natural radioactivity) present anywhere on Earth. It has no effect on human bodies."

Text in quotation marks are from:

http://www.city.hiroshima.jp/shimin/heiwa/q4e.html.

I reckon that this site is about as well read on the subject as one can get!

49 posted on 12/18/2005 11:45:42 AM PST by elbucko
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