Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing- in pictures

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The United States dropped the Atomic bomb ‘Little Boy’ on August 6, 1945, upon the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The bomb killed around 90,000- 146,000 people. Additionally, its effects were felt for months after the impact. The below pictures show Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing.

Let’s take a look at the pictures of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing.

1) An aerial picture depicting Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.

A picture depicting Hiroshima before and after the nuclear bombing

2) A picture of the city’s train station circa 1912.

A image of the train station
U.S. National Archives

3) Here the same train station is seen completely obliterated after the Hiroshima atomic bombing.

A picture of the obliterated train station -Hiroshima before and after Atomic nuclear bombing
U.S. National Archives

4) The below picture depicts the heavily populated area of Hiroshima along the Motoyasugawa river, looking upstream. The top upper right of the photo shows the ground zero of the bombing.

An image of the heavily populated area
U.S. National Archives

5) The below picture is the perfect example to show the devastation of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

A picture after the bomb was dropped-Hiroshima before and after nuclear bombing

6) A picture of a local shopping district; post bombing the entire area was reduced to rubbles.

An image of the shopping district
U.S. National Archives

7) The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall(dome) was almost directly below the detonation, which took place mid-air, about 2,000 feet above this location. Most of the building was intact after the bombing. It is now the ‘Atomic Bomb Dome’ or the ‘Hiroshima Peace Memorial’.

An image of the Project Exhibition Hall Building
U.S. National Archives

8) Below pictured is the Ujina harbour, which was one of the main embarkation depots for the Japanese Army during WWII.

An image of the Ujina harbour
U.S. National Archives

9) Below pictured is the Teramachi district, the street of temples. The Hiroshima atomic bombing destroyed the entire district.

A picture of the Teramachi district
U.S. National Archives

10) On August 6, 1945, a mushroom cloud ascends to the sky an hour after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It’s believed to have killed 80,000 people immediately; while killing about 60,000 survivors due to radiation exposure or injuries.

An image of the mushroom cloud

11) A picture depicting the wreckage caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

A picture of the Hiroshima bombing wreckage

12) Another picture depicting the debris of buildings after the atomic bombing.

U.S. National Archives

13) Due to the high intensity of the nuclear blast, there are permanent shadows of people etched on the surfaces near the blast radius. The below shadow was of a person merely 800 feet from the blast.

A picture of a blast shadow

14) Another picture marking a permanent shadow left by a person standing in that spot. Additionally, the railings of the bridge are also depicting such shadows.

A picture of permanent shadows

15) A Japanese soldier poses in front of a completely destroyed area of the city.

A picture of a Japanese soldier-Hiroshima before and after nuclear bombing
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16) A picture showing the Nagarekawa Methodist Church in Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing.

A picture of the devastation by nuclear bombing-Hiroshima before and after nuclear bombing

17) A picture of Hiroshima taken months after the bombing.

18) A picture of soldiers walking through the devastation caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

A picture of soldiers along through the devastation caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. 

19) A picture of the Post Office Savings bank showcasing the permanent shadows caused upon it by the bomb’s detonation.

An image of the Post Office Savings banks
U.S. National Archives

20) A picture of the ‘Atomic Bomb Dome’ or the ‘Hiroshima Peace Memorial’ before and after the atomic bombing.

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