Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Journal 8 from Alli

Journal 8:

Part One - 

The most important thing that I took from the last couple of chapters of Hiroshima is just how people took the bombing, or how they comprehended what happened overall. Some were indifferent, some were very angry and some were able to find peace. I just think that really shows something, for the people who witnessed all of that, to be able to find peace with it later on. That goes to show something for humankind. It says in the book "One feeling they did seem to share, however, was a curious kind of elated community spirit, something like that of the Londoners after their blitz a pride in the way they and their fellow-survivors had stood up to a dreadful ordeal." (p.115) Even though the horrible things that came with the bomb, it is truly amazing just how something positive can come out of it. It says in the book "It would be impossible to say what horrors were embedded in the minds of the children who lived through the day of the bombing in Hiroshima." It's hard to imagine how something good could come of this. The questions that I had after reading is basically how these people are doing today, I always enjoy learning how they recovered from things like this or what they went on in life to do. One thing that I want to remember from the book is just the kindness and selflessness that I saw in many characters. I wish to take that from the book and use it in my everyday life. 

Part Two - 

Question: What are the effects on humans from nuclear bombs? Fallout?

Answer: While early studies aren't clear of the effects, they speculated early signs of leukemia in patients, and birth defects in babies being born. Of course, directly after the bomb many experienced severe burns that seemed to almost "melt" their skin. Patients severely burned often will still feel pain from that to this day due to extremely severe scaring and their loss of limbs after the bomb. Many vital organs can be damaged for life from the radiation, these body parts include your heart (radiation kills many nerves and blood vessels, this causes seizures and sometimes will be fatal), hair (loss of hair in large clumps occur in many patients), the brain (brain cells do not reproduce so this brings along many problems for patients), reproductive tract (many patients can become sterile after radiation exposure). One of the long term effects on patients would be their extreme risk to cancer and leukemia. Most not killed in the bombing, suffered many more problems afterwards that either killed them or put them in pain throughout the rest of the their life. We are still learning more to this day about the effects. It was worse at the time because we had no prior knowledge about how to treat the effects of nuclear bombing in the masses like there were after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Example of effects on the human body
The bombing not only affected the people, but the land and their surroundings as well. Many places in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still facing the effects of the nuclear bomb. Many places so radiated they can't be inhabited. The land has taken a beating because the soil is now radiated, which makes it hard for any life to sustain in these places, many have had to adapt but their health declines because of these conditions. The bomb left an everlasting effect, that many still have to endure today.

Research Link: http://www.atomicarchive.com/Effects/effects17.shtml
(Flip through the many pages! This is specific to the fallout, but if you go back there is information about what I talked about earlier, great website!)

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