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24 Distressing Pictures of Hiroshima After the Bombing in 1945

Pictures of Hiroshima After the Bombing

It has been over 70 years since the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States. On the fateful day of August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM the uranium-235 isotope atomic bomb, code named Little Boy, was dropped on the city killing as many as 70,000 immediately. 70, 000 more were severely injured and exposed to the deadly radiation, eventually dying within the next five years. Genbaku Dome, a surviving building near ground zero, was named Hiroshima Peace Memorial and made UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

1. The aerial view of Hiroshima before the bombing with densely packed buildings and the river Motoyasu.

Hiroshima Before Bombing
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2. Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, before the bombing, designed by Czech architect Jen Letzel. The building is now Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the most famous landmark of the city.

Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall
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3. The map of Hiroshima from US Air Force with circles drawn at 1,000 feet intervals from the target location.

US Air Force Mapping of Hiroshima Hypocenter
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4. Little Boy being numbered L 11 by Commander A. F. Birch before being loaded into a trailer and later on Enola Gay, the bomber that would drop it over Hiroshima.

Little Boy, Uranium Atomic Bomb Used for Hiroshima
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5. View of the explosion of the city from one of the two bombers of US Air Force. The flash of explosion was already over by that time and a shockwave radiated faster than sound.

Aerial View of Atomic Bomb Explosion in Hiroshima
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6. The mushroom clouds rose above as the uranium bomb underwent fission reactions with the energy of almost 15 kilotons of TNT and a temperature of over 3,900 degrees centigrade.

Mushroom Cloud of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing
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7. View of destruction after bombing seen across one of the branches of the river forming a delta at the center of the city.

Destruction After Hiroshima Bombing
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8. The Y-shaped intersection of the river branches was the hypocenter, the site directly below the explosion.

Hypocenter of Hiroshima Bombing
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9. A close-up of the bridge at the Y-shaped intersection from the last picture. The shadows of the balustrade where the radiation didn’t touch can still be seen in contrast to the rest of the road that was burnt.

Radiation Shadows After Hiroshima Bombing
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10. The destroyed building of Okita Iron Works in Hiroshima as seen later in November that year.

Destroyed Okita Iron Works in Hiroshima
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11. A street where the sidewalk was pushed upwards and a drain pipe poked out because of the vacuum created by the pressure of the atomic bomb.

Extent of Destruction After Hiroshima Bombing
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12. A patient who was 6,500 feet away from ground zero was struck by the radiation on his left side.

Radiation Victims of Hiroshima
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13. Densely packed homes at the edge of severely damaged part of the city, some of which were completely flattened as can be seen at the bottom.

Homes of Hiroshima After Bombing
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14. The iron framework remains of a theater at 800 meters from ground zero.

Remains of a Theater After Hiroshima Bombing
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15. The only ladder truck of Hiroshima Fire Department at 1,200 meters from ground zero.

The Only Ladder Truck of Hiroshima Fire Department
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16. Aerial view of Hiroshima in the autumn of 1945 with the hypocenter and the Genbaku Dome or A-Bomb Dome visible near the top.

Aerial view of Hiroshima After Bombing
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17. A color photograph of the destruction at the center of the city taken in the autumn of 1945.

Destruction at the Center of Hiroshima
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18. A shadow of the hand valve wheel where the radiation couldn’t reach can be seen in contrast with the area around it where the paint had burned away.

Radiation Shadows After Hiroshima Bombing
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19. The skin of this victim burned in the pattern of the kimono he was wearing at the time of the explosion. The dark portions of the fabric allowed the radiation whereas the rest didn’t.

Radiation Victims of Hiroshima
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20. The keloidal scars formed on the back of this victim on the parts that were directly exposed to radiation.

Radiation Victims of Hiroshima
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21. A man looks at the Genbaku/Atomic Bomb Dome over the extensive ruins and rubble in Hiroshima.

Genbaku/Atomic Bomb Dome After Bombing
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22. The extent of destruction as viewed from the ruins of Red Cross building less than a mile from the hypocenter.

Destruction of Hiroshima Near Hypocenter
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23. Aerial view of a destroyed industrial section in Hiroshima.

Destroyed Industrial Section in Hiroshima
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24. Two US Army officers examine the area around hypocenter.

US Army Officers Examining Hiroshima Hypocenter
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