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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Nagasaki Bomb

長崎, 原子爆弾

Nagasaki Peace Memorial

Tomorrow is the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki . The city on the west coast of Kyushu was devastated by the second atomic bomb to be dropped on Japan, three days after the first bomb attack on Hiroshima.

Approximately 70,000 people were killed as a result of the bombing and a further 70,000 later died of subsequent radioactivity-related illnesses.

The attack in 1945 from the US B-29 bomber Bockscar occurred at 11.02am with the "Fat Man" bomb exploding at a height of around 500 meters above the historic port city. Six days later Japan surrendered and the Pacific War was over.

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