The cores were transported to North Field, arriving on 2 August, when F31 was partly disassembled in order to check all its components. Little Boy came last as a variation of Thin Man. It was the second of the only two nuclear weapons ever used in warfare, the first being Little Boyand its detonation marked the third nuclear explosion in history. Rushay said that Hiroshima was one of four potential targets and that Truman left it up to the military to decide which city to strike. Sasaki remembers the girl crying for help.
Maier said some historians have speculated that the possibility of the Soviet Union's entry into the war helped spur the decision to bring the war to a quick end by using the bomb.
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North Korea is currently basking in its own nuclear disruptionfinally gaining the place that it feels it deserves in the geopolitical arena — for all the wrong reasons. This meant that the spontaneous fission rate of the reactor plutonium was so high that it would be highly likely that it would predetonate and blow itself apart during the initial formation of a critical mass. The tamper also reflects neutrons back into the pit, accelerating the chain reaction. Here's why the President's visit to the Peace Memorial Park is such a historic event. By the time of the third bomb run, Japanese anti-aircraft fire was getting close; Second Lieutenant Jacob Beser was monitoring Japanese communications, and he reported activity on the Japanese fighter direction radio bands. Charles Maier, a professor of history at Harvard University, said that while it was possible for Truman to have made another decision, he said "It would have been hard to justify to the American public why he prolonged the war when this weapon was available.