August 6, 1945

Carl MydansHiroshima, directly after the fog cleared. Catholic Church in foreground, 1945 (1395.2005)

Bernard Hoffman
, [Residents wander cleared streets bisecting the ruins of buildings reduced to piles of rubble by the atomic bomb, dropped a few months earlier], 1945 (1784.2005)

Unidentified Photographer, [Charred boy’s jacket found near Hiroshima City Hall], November 5, 1945 (2006.1.406)

Unidentified Photographer, [Damaged turbo-generator and electrical panel of Chugoku Electric Company, Minami Sendamachi Substation, Hiroshima], November 18, 1945 (2006.1.96)

Seventy years ago today, on Monday morning, August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later the second bomb hit Nagasaki, officially ending World War II only nine days after the first bomb was dropped and Japan surrendered. Due to the chaos and devastation after the explosions, an official death toll was impossible, but it is estimated that the number of people killed exceeds 200,000.

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