The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Legacy

	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

UpAerial View of Hiroshima Mushroom Cloud (62 K)

Picture below taken by Seizo Yamada, 7 kilometers east-northeast of Hiroshima

Hiroshima mushroom from groundGround 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.

Hiroshima mushroom from groundGround 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

Nagasaki MushroomFireball and Mushroom Over Nagasaki (119 K)

Nagasaki MushroomAerial View of Nagasaki Mushroom Cloud (119 K)

The Damage

Ruined Building (77 K)

Reinforced concrete building near ground zero in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima in Ruins (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.

Victims of the bombings.

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.

Nagasaki Boy Victim

Hiroshima Woman Victim

Cenotaph(60 K)

Memorial Cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Park

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