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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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To: elbucko
Q. Is there still radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

This wasn't my question, but thanks for the info.

50 posted on 12/18/2005 11:48:13 AM PST by Jigsaw John
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