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This counter is counting the number of people killed at a rate of ten every second.
It will take more than four and a half minutes to count the 2,752 people who died in the World Trade Center attack.
It will take 1 hour 50 minutes and 8 seconds to count the 66,081 documented civilians killed in Iraq in the six years from 2004 to 2009 inclusive.
To see the number of people who died within seconds of the atomic bomb exploding over Hiroshima you will have to sit and watch this counter for 1 hour 56 minutes and 40 seconds.
To see how many people died as a direct result of the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan you will have to sit here for 8 hours 3 minutes and 20 seconds.
To see the number of Jews exterminated by the Nazis in the Second World War you will have to get your sandwiches and a sleeping bag and sit here for 6 days 22 hours and 40 minutes. If you want to watch all the categories cleansed by the Nazis including the Romanies, Blacks, Homosexuals, Handicapped, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah's Witnesses etc. you can camp in front of this screen for 12 days 17 hours 33 minutes and 20 seconds.
To see how many people died in the First World War it will take over 18 days and nights.
The number of people killed in the Second World war can be seen if you sit here for a staggering 81 days. That's nearly three months.
If you want to give 1/10th of a second's thought for each person killed by war in the 20th century you will have to sit here for more than 231 days. That's well over half a year. And these figures are all low estimates.
The human race can conservatively and modestly claim that it maintained an average of more than 5,400 people killed every day during the 20th century. That is almost exactly twice as many people killed every day for 100 years as died in the World Trade Center disaster on the 11th day of September in the year 2001. And you thought that was bad!
Here are a few more events of killing in war and genocide
Russian Civil War 5 million 5 days, 18 hours, 53 minutes and 20 seconds.
Second Congo War 3,800,000 4 days, 9 hours, 33 minutes and 20 seconds.
Srebenica massacre 8,000 13 minutes and 20 seconds.
Napoleonic Wars three and a half million 4 days, 1 hour 13 minutes and 20 seconds.
European colonization of the Americas 50 million 57 days, 20 hours, 53 minutes and 20 seconds.
1971 Bangladesh atrocities one and a half million 1 day, 17 hours and 40 minutes.
Great Irish Famine one million 1 day, 3 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds.
Rwandan genocide half a million 13 hours, 53 minutes and 20 seconds.
Auschwitz extermination camp one and a half million 1 day, 17 hours and 40 minutes.
Depopulation of Australian aborigines 400,000 11 hours, 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
A few details and references...
World Trade Center:
At a rate of ten per second it would take 1 hour 56 minutes and 40 seconds to see the number of people immediately killed by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and 4 hours 43 minutes and 20 seconds to see the total number of people killed as a result of that bomb. It would take 1 hour 6 minutes and 40 seconds to see the number of people instantly killed by the Nagasaki bomb and another 2 hours 13 minutes and 20 seconds to see the deaths over the following months and years. In total for the two bombs dropped on Japanese civilians in August 1945 by the Americans which killed 290,000 people it would take you 8 hours 3 minutes and 20 seconds to see the counter count the number of people killed.
Some estimates exceed 200,000 total death toll for the Enola Gay's "Little Boy" uranium bomb dropped on Hiroshima and over 150,000 overall death toll for the Bocks Car's "Fat Man" plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
Here are some references:
A good source for human atrocities and the death tolls associated with them is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_and_disasters_by_death_toll
It is estimated by some sources that over 200,000,000 people died in the 100 years of the 20th century. That is 2 million a year or just over 5475 per day. Given that there are 86,400 seconds in a day that comes to one person every 15.7788 seconds. It's fair to say that more than 4 people were killed every minute of the 20th century.
In 2008 the Ziad Obermeyer report was published and indicated 5,400,000 violent war deaths in 13 countries between 1955 & 2002 including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Vietnam. Significantly it illustrates that the estimates above are probably only about one third or one fifth of the actual figures. At five times the figure for killings in the 20th century that would be 1,000,000,000 or "one billion" murders. But, hey, there's another 6 billion left.
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