Sermon by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 02/07/2010
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Miami, OK
On August 6, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
Deriving its explosive power from the nuclear fission of uranium 235, the bomb nick-named “Little Boy” exploded with the destructive power of between thirteen and eighteen kilotons of TNT.
Within a one-mile radius from the point of impact, the catastrophic blast sent out a shock wave that traveled faster than the speed of sound.
In fact, the explosion was so powerful that it turned entire buildings into shrapnel.
Yet only some five years later, at the EBR-1 experimental station near Arco, Idaho, for the first time in history nuclear fission was used for peaceful purposes, generating 100 kW of electricity.