Hiroshima Day and the story of Destruction

Hiroshima Day is observed on August 6th every year to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing on two cities of Japan- Hiroshima and Nagasaki during world war second. The nuclear bomb blast in Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed nearly 80,000 people and over 35,000 injured. Even today people get goosebumps if they think about the terrible outcome of the blast.

As per the Japanese officials’ statement, 69% of the buildings were destructed in Hiroshima with massive structural damage.

On 6 August 1945, US bomber Enola Gray dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy,” containing power equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT on Hiroshima. This instance, along with the bombing of the city of Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, serves as the only recorded use of nuclear weapons in any armed conflict.

When the bomb was exploded in Hiroshima, Japan, the city was struck by a flash of blinding light, and then a giant-shaped cloud was formed like a mushroom. In fact, with a 2.5 km of radius, the bomb blast had flattened the buildings.

Even after the first bomb dropped and destroyed Hiroshima, the Japanese did not surrender which resulted in exploding one more bomb in Nagasaki. It destroyed two the cities completely.

On 15th August 1945, Japan surrendered, however, it brought disaster for the nation claiming numerous lives and injuring several others. Due to the massive radiation released by the bombs, people suffered from various ailments and developed generational defects, and caused deadly diseases such as cancer.

Hiroshima Day is observed to mark the need for “peace politics” to avoid more world wars in the future. The people of Japan every year visit the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima to pray for the departed souls who lost their lives during the war.

The Peace Bell is sounded exactly at the moment when the deadly bomb was dropped and people observe a moment of silence as a mark of respect with a feeling of grief.  

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