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Hiroshima atomic bomb skin burns. Footage of a mother and child with skin burns caused by the atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, by a US bomber on 6 August 1945 during World War II. The child was mostly shielded by the mother's body, with burns to the child's exposed legs and the mother's face and body. The burn pattern on the mother's body was affected by the protective effect of the strapping, as shown in this footage. The atomic bombing destroyed most of the city. Some 70,000 people died instantly, with tens of thousands more dying in the aftermath, and tens of thousands left injured and permanently disfigured. The nuclear bombing of Nagasaki followed on 9 August, and Japan surrendered a few days later.
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