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A Scary Sight

Nuclear proliferation is something that we should all be worried about if for nothing more than the catastrophic destruction that it causes.

Take a look at what Hiroshima looked like after we dropped an atomic bomb on it during WWII.

[360 Degree Panorama of Hiroshima-Post Nuclear Explosion]

Americans estimated that 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of the city were destroyed. Japanese officials determined that 69% of Hiroshima’s buildings were destroyed and another 6–7% damaged.

Atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima (left), Nagasaki (right)

70,000–80,000 people, or some 30% of the population of Hiroshima were killed immediately, and another 70,000 injured. Over 90% of the doctors and 93% of the nurses in Hiroshima were killed or injured—most had been in the downtown area which received the greatest damage.

Estimates of total deaths by the end of 1945 from burns, radiation and related disease, the effects of which were aggravated by lack of medical resources, range from 90,000 to 166,000 people.

Let’s hope that nothing like this ever happens again.