During the final stage of World War II, the US dropped A-bomb on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was the only time a nuclear weapon was used in the history of wars. 70 years ago, US dropped atomic bomb nicknamed, ‘Little Boy’ that killed 129,000 people in Hiroshima.
Little Boy exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT,
destroying five square miles of the city. (Wikipedia)
Three days later, ‘Fat Man’, an implosion-type nuclear weapon was dropped over the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
Today, Japan remembers the saddest day in its history in Hiroshima’s memorial park attended by PM Shinzo Abe. Lanterns will be released at Hiroshima’s Motoyasu river to remember the ones lost in the atomic attack. Here are the after the blast and current images of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
1. This is how Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall looked like after the blast. The hall is now called the Atomic Bomb Dome and is a symbol of hope for the people.
2. The hard to recognize images of Urakami Cathedral.
3. Can you believe the white traces on the floor are the etched outlines of a passerby on the Yorozuyo Bridge due to the immense heat released by the bomb?
4. This is how the Aloi Bridge looked then!
5. The Nagasaki Medical College.
6. The south face of Urakami Cathedral
7. The ruins of Shiroyama National School in Nagasaki.
We hope and pray nothing as disastrous and sorrowful as this event gets repeated in the history.
Power and strength to people in Japan who are still impacted by the blasts.