U.S.A. Astounded By Bomb Reactions
Scientists Differ On Continued Radio-Activity
NEW YORK, August 8.
The New York Sun Washington correspondent says President Truman found the capital more apprehensive than jubilant over the atomic bomb's terrifying success, the impact of which was almost as devastating upon political thought as upon Hiroshima. For 48 hours the new bomb was virtually the sole topic of conversation, and it was an unusual thing to see a smile among the throngs crowding the streets. The entire city is pervaded by a sense of oppression. Many feel that they would be happier if the 2000 million dollar experiment had failed or if the knowledge gained had been thrown into the river like an unwanted kitten. The War Department issued a statement denying reports that the atomic bombed area would continue for years to react with death-dealing radio-activity. The Department quoted Dr. Opp<mheimer, head of atomic research, as saying that there is every reason to believe there will be no appreciable radio-activity on the ground at Hiroshima. What little there was decayed very rapidly. Dr. Jacobson, in a statement, said: "It should be clearly understood that my connection with the Manhattan Project was in a minor official capacity. My published remarks represent my opinions rather than confidential information. I find as a result of later information that eminent qualified scientists connected with the project disagree with some of my opinions. I am surprised and pleased to learn that the results of the July experiment in New Mexico-indicate that only minor amounts of radio-activity are present after the explosion, and that these quickly disappear. "To my knowledge the manufacture of atomic energy in the United States has been skilfully planned, with efficient safety precautions. There is no danger to the project employees."
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U.S.A. Astounded By Bomb Reactions, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945
U.S.A. Astounded By Bomb Reactions Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945
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