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Very large numbers of people were crushed in their homes and in the buildings in which they were working. Their skeletons could be seen in the debris and ashes for almost 1,500 meters from the center of the blast, particularly in the downwind directions.
Large numbers of the population walked for considerable distances after the detonation before they collapsed and died.
Large numbers developed vomiting and bloody and watery diarrhea (vomitus and bloody feces were found on the floor in many of the aid stations) associated with extreme weakness. They died in the first and second weeks after the bombs were dropped.
During this same period deaths from internal injuries and from burns were common. Either the heat from the fires or infrared radiation from the detonations caused many burns, particularly on bare skin or under dark clothing.
After a lull, without peak mortality from any special causes, deaths began to occur from purpura (Any of several hemorrhagic states characterized by patches of purplish discoloration resulting from forcing out or escape of blood into the skin and mucous membranes), which was often associated with epilation (hair loss), anemia, and a yellowish coloration of the skin. The so-called bone marrow syndrome, manifested by a low white blood cell count and almost complete absence of the platelets necessary to prevent bleeding, was probably at its maximum between the fourth and sixth weeks after the bombs were dropped. [From Children of the Atomic Bomb]
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