October 26, 2019
Hiroshima Peace Park
Silence, an awful silence.
A now peaceful silence shows us the remains of the first atomic attack in human history.
On August 6, 1945 at 8:15 am local time, the first atomic bomb called “Little Boy” detonated over Hiroshima at an altitude of approximately 580m.
Hiroshima had 255,000 inhabitants at the time of the facts.
Of these, about 78,000 died immediately after the explosion and the conflagration that followed.
A similar number of people were injured. In the days that followed, many more people died as a result of radiation sickness.
The after-effects from the ionizing radiation eventually increased the death toll to about 140,000 at the end of 1945.
According to a survey completed in 2004 by the Hiroshima Municipality, Little Boy claimed a total of 237,062 lives.
Not to mention the deaths and injuries from the nuclear attack on Nagasaki a few days later on August 9.
The survivors of the two atomic bomb attacks are called hibakusha (victims of an explosion).
As of March 31, 2007, Japan had 251,834 hibakusha.
The names of the victims in Hiroshima have all been collected and can be viewed at the Hiroshima Peace Park.
On April 1, 2018, Hiroshima had an estimated population of 1,196,875 residents.
Let’s all hope that this horror will never happen again !!!!
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