8 August 2015

8th Aug 1945: atomic bomb

8 Wed. Mild, very dull and cloudy, heavy showers including a deluge in afternoon. Got the groceries, also to the butchers’ and chemists’. Fitted small hand to Conley’s clock and sent it back going well. Made a start to repair Mrs. Jordan’s cuckoo clock. Saw dear Mother’s grave in evening. Yesterday a uranium bomb was dropped on a Japanese city almost completely destroying it. In these bombs part of the energy of the atom is released thus forming the most powerful explosive ever used. One of these bombs which is quite small is the equivalent of 20,000 tons of ordinary high explosive. To-day Russia declared war on Japan.

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