The world marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday with a ceremony near the epicenter of the 1945 attack on Japan.
The U.S. bomb, "Little Boy," the first nuclear weapon used in war, killed 140,000 people. A "black rain" of radioactive particles followed the blinding blast and fireball, and has been linked to higher rates of cancer and other radiation-related diseases among the survivors. A second bomb, "Fat Man," dropped over Nagasaki three days later, killed another 70,000, prompting Japan's surrender in World War II.
Here pictures of the devastation caused by those A-bombs in Japan, and what those sites look like today:The Urakami Cathedral. Credit: Reuters Nagasaki Medical College. The Urakami Cathedral. Nagasaki Medical College. The Urakami Cathedral. Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, currently called the A-Bomb Dome. People on the Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima, with A-Bomb Dome in the background. Local residents walking near Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima.
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