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Hiroshima Bombed

Hiroshima Bombed

On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a U.S. B-29 bomber, drops the first atomic weapon ever used in combat on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Within minutes, the massive blast and the firestorm it produced destroyed most of the city and killed an estimated 70,000 people, a third of Hiroshima’s population. Three days later, the major coastal city of Nagasaki was hit, prompting Japan’s surrender in World War II, bringing the most costly war in human history to an end. Both cities were rebuilt, but the horror of the world’s only nuclear attacks remain to this day. By the end of 1945, a total of some 200,000 people had perished as a result of the bombings. Many of those who survived faced a future of disease and premature death.