The origin of the shadows in Hiroshima and Nagasaki explained

(ORDO NEWS) — Michael Hartshorne spoke about where the shadows of people appeared on the sidewalks after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

It is reported by Live Science.

On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb, dubbed “Kid”, exploded over one of the largest cities in Japan. As a result, an incredibly powerful pulse of thermal energy swept through the city, which spread over a distance of 13 square kilometers. About a quarter of Hiroshima’s residents died immediately.

After some time, many more people died due to the influence of radiation.

Three days later, a second bomb was detonated over Nagasaki, which was named “Fat Man.” It was even more powerful and therefore the consequences were disastrous. More people died and a huge number of buildings were destroyed.

After the explosions on the sidewalks and on some buildings, shadows of people were found, which forever captured the last seconds of their lives. But how exactly did these shadows form?

Professor Hartshorne said that from the point of explosion of each bomb in different directions very quickly spread not only light, but also heat. Human bodies absorbed energy and light, thereby protecting a small part of the surface.

Around this shadow, the surface was discolored by the incredibly bright light. In other words, the shadows were exactly the same color as the sidewalks before the atomic bombs were detonated.

It is worth noting that the temperature from these terrible explosions reached 5500 degrees. Hartshorne notes that in fact there were many more “shadows”, but many of them disappeared under the influence of the heat and subsequent blast waves.


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