In Pics: We Take A Look Back At Hiroshima Bombing After 73 Years

In Pics: We Take A Look Back At Hiroshima Bombing After 73 Years

Seventy-three years ago on August 6, 1945, the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima, Japan and wiped out 90% of the city. The stories of horror still plague us...the damage is irrepairable. 

The devasting tragedy occurred during the final stage of World War II. It instantly killed around 80,000 people and thousands later died of exposure to harmful radiation. After three days, the Japanese city of Nagasaki was also bombed and the estimated death toll was declared to be 75,000. Not just that, it also left a tormenting side-effect amongst the people in Japan who suffered from diseases like leukaemia, delayed development, and paralysis.

It may have been a long time since the bombings, but the devastation is still a reminder of what man is capable of.

We take you back and show you some of the pictures from the horrifying atomic bombing in Hiroshima and share a few heart-wrenching facts. 

1. 70,000 people were killed in less than a minute

Photo of Hiroshima bomb explosion from a photo taken in Kure  Japan. August 6  1945

2. The atomic bomb was called the 'Little Boy'

A post-war model of 'Little Boy'  the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima  Japan  in World War 2

3. Buildings were consumed by flames

Atomic bomb. Hiroshima  Japan after the atomic bomb was dropped by the US bomber %22Enola Gay%22  1945

4. And 70% of the city’s industrial zone was destroyed

The blasted Chuguko Press building along Hiroshima's main street shortly after the blast. %28far left%29. This building withstood the force of the bomb  but the interior was gutted. ca 1945

5. This is the wrecked framework of the Museum of Science and Industry

Wrecked framework of the Museum of Science and Industry in Hiroshima  Japan. This is how it appeared shortly after the dropping of the first atomic bomb  on August 6  1945

6. Three days later, another bomb called the 'Fat Man' was dropped in Nagasaki

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7. Nagasaki’s bomb was more powerful than Hiroshima

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Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

8. The policemen in Hiroshima were saved because they used 'ducking under the ground' technique

World War II  The destruction of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb blast  August 6  1945

9. Hiroshima explosion was recorded at 8:15 a.m. on a wristwatch found in the ruins

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10. There were some survivors who narrated these horrific tale

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Kajimoto Yoshiko, a nuclear bomb survivor, has talked about surviving the attack. "I saw a very bright blue light go across the window of the building. I went underneath the machine and covered my eyes and ears. For a moment I imagined my family's faces and thought I would die there," Yoshika said.


11. People are still suffering

The bombings also gave deadly diseases like leukaemia, delayed development, paralysis, keloids, thermal burns and severe mental retardation to the kids who were in their mothers' wombs.

12. Hiroshima, after the atomic bombing


13. Hiroshima, now

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Atomic Bomb Dome memorial building in Hiroshima, Japan

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Hiroshima Peace Park Arch, With Genbaku Dome, Hiroshima Japan

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People gather under cherry blossom trees by the river in Hiroshima, Japan

Facts sourced from BBC, History TV online and a few other news websites.

Image Source: Shutterstock

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