Within a mile, most people were dead, most buildings destroyed. The survivors waited for death as emergency services were minimal. The cremation fires burned day and night, Mixing with the fallout.
6 August 8:15 AM
Little Boy bomb, dropped by the U.S. B-29 Enola Gay, explodes with the force of 15 kilotons of explosive
Aerial View of Hiroshima Mushroom Cloud (62 K)
Picture below taken by Seizo Yamada, 7 kilometers east-northeast of Hiroshima
Ground Level View of Hiroshima Mushroom Cloud (123 K)
About one hour after the bombing.
Picture taken by U.S. bomber 80 km away over the Seto Inland Sea.
Ground Level View of Hiroshima Mushroom Cloud (111 K)
9 August 11:02 AM
Fatman bomb, dropped by the U.S. B-29 Bock's Car, explodes with the force of 22 kilotons of explosive
Fireball and Mushroom Over Nagasaki (119 K)
Aerial View of Nagasaki Mushroom Cloud (119 K)
(77 K)Reinforced concrete building near ground zero in Hiroshima.
(68 K)Hiroshima, vicinity of ground zero. The ruined dome, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome, has been left standing as a memorial. It is 160 meters from ground zero, near the bare trees to the left of the dome.
Below are a Nagasaki boy and a Hiroshima woman suffering from flashburns. The woman died on October 15, 1945; the fate of the boy is unknown.
The inscription reads:
Let all souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.
Towards evening, a light, southerly wind blowing across the city wafted to us an odour suggestive of burning sardines. I wondered what could cause such a smell until somebody, noticing it too, informed me that sanitation teams were cremating the remains of people who had been killed. Looking out, I could discern numerous fires scattered about the city. Previously I had assumed the fires were caused by burning rubble. Towards Nigitsu was an especially large fire where the dead were being burned by hundreds. Suddenly to realise that these fires were funeral pyres made me shudder, and I became a little nauseated. 8 Aug 1945