Atomic bomb destruction, Hiroshima, 1945

Atomic bomb destruction, Hiroshima, 1945

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Credit: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Atomic bomb destruction, Hiroshima, Japan. The city of Hiroshima was destroyed towards the end of World War II, on 6 August 1945, by a 13-kiloton nuclear weapon dropped by a US bomber. Around 90 percent of the buildings were destroyed, with only a few concrete-reinforced buildings surviving. Some 70,000 people died instantly, with tens of thousands more dying in the aftermath. The nuclear bombing of Nagasaki followed on 9 August, and Japan surrendered on 15 August, ending World War II. This photograph was taken on 17 November 1945, during the visit to the city by the USS Appalachian, on its mission to deploy soldier to occupy this and other Japanese cities.

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