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When were civilians informed that the states used two nukes on Japan?

Asked by talljasperman (21858points) October 29th, 2015

American and Japanese civilians.

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filmfann's avatar

I have a newspaper from Aug 7, 1945. The Americans knew that day.

talljasperman's avatar

I thought Fat Man was used on edit August 9 Wikipedia might be wrong.

Seek's avatar

The bombings began on Aug 6th. Hirohito surrendered on Aug. 15. There would be no point in bombing in November.

talljasperman's avatar

@filmfann How did the newspaper describe the bomb?

zenvelo's avatar

There was a New York Times reporter who had been completely briefed on background well before the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, so that the Army could explain in general terms how the bomb worked. You can see it here

The Japanese civilians that survived knew right away. But the Japanese were very secretive so it was not like the word spread.

jaytkay's avatar

The White House released a statement from President Truman shortly after the first bomb was dropped.


Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of TNT…

…It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.

August 6, 1945 – Statement by the President of the United States

LuckyGuy's avatar

Excerpt from the NY TImes August 6 1945
” At 10:45 o’clock this morning, a statement by the President was issued at the White House that sixteen hours earlier – about the time that citizens on the Eastern seaboard were sitting down to their Sunday suppers – an American plane had dropped the single atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, an important army center.

What happened at Hiroshima is not yet known. The War Department said it “as yet was unable to make an accurate report” because “an impenetrable cloud of dust and smoke” masked the target area from reconnaissance planes. The Secretary of War will release the story “as soon as accurate details of the results of the bombing become available.”

But in a statement vividly describing the results of the first test of the atomic bomb in New Mexico, the War-Department told how an immense steel tower had been “vaporized” by the tremendous explosion, how a 40,000-foot cloud rushed into the sky, and two observers were knocked down at a point 10,000 yards away.”

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