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Chernobyl Was Worse Than Hiroshima And Nagasaki

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  • Chernobyl Was Worse Than Hiroshima And Nagasaki

    The around 13-15 kiloton[1][2] uraninium-235[3] and around 20-22 kiloton[1][2] plutonium[3] atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 at the end of World War II, Little Boy and Fat Man, killed 129,000246,000+ people directly.[4] After the bombs were dropped around 1,900 deaths from cancer can be attributed to radiation caused by the dropping of these two bombs.[5] In total these bombs caused about 130,900-247,900+ deaths.

    The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster, which happened in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat in 1986, killed 31 people directly.[6] After the disaster about 985,000 deaths,[7] and 2,500 otherwise wanted pregnancies terminated due to fear of the mother of radiation risk[8] can be attributed to the radiation leaked during the Chernobyl Disaster. Also 4,000 deaths related to cancer caused by the radiation leaked because of this disaster are predicted to happen in the future.[7] So that's about 991,531 deaths in total.

    Also Chernobyl spread radiation a lot further than Little Boy and Fat Man and the radiation significantly effected land as far as Italy, Moldova, Switzerland, Norway and Germany[9], and also brought some radioactive rains to the UK and other countries.[10]

    Though much worse things could've potentially happened/could potentially happen:
    • The largest nuclear weapon ever tested, the 50-58 megaton[1][2][11] Tsar Bomba that was dropped for testing on the uninhabited-at-the-time island of Novaya Zemlya, caused 500,000 deaths due to cancer caused by radiation from the bomb,[12] and would cause in total about 11,877,807-12,448,057 deaths if it was detonated in modern Tokyo[13][14]
    • The largest nuclear weapon ever planned to be made, a 100 megaton[1][2][11] Tsar Bomba, would cause in total about 14,488,869 deaths if it was detonated in modern Tokyo[13][14]

    And nuclear weapons are not the only man-made weapons to be made/planned to be made/thought of that can cause destruction at this scale. There are Super Guns, the V-3 Cannon, Sun Guns, Biological Weapons, man-made Black Holes, man-made Viruses and Super Intelligent robots, AI, nanotechnology, self-replicating machines and Grey Goo.

  • #2
    Thank you for enlightening us. The stats you presented are credible enough. There were countless of mutations after the Chernobyl incident and only a few (though perhaps numerous enough to warrant anger) in the aftermath of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombing. The former was an accident while the latter was deliberately done. Regardless of which disaster was worse, what's important is that wounds have healed and they are no longer a threat at present.


    • #3
      The Chernobyl disaster was truly a devastating tragedy that killed thousands of lives. But we cannot also disclose the fact that the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed lots of people as well. Here's a facts sheet on the said incident:

      With the Chernobyl disaster, what's troubling was that then, there was no available information about the dangers of radiation to the workers. It was truly a disaster, so to speak, because it affected a lot of people and even lead to deaths after the incident. There was an increase in cancer among the workers because that is the effect of long-term exposure to radiation. I think from then on, we now know more about radiation and its hazardous effects.