August 4, 2020

‘Unspeakable horror’: the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan this week marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed over 200,000 people and left many more deeply traumatised and even stigmatised.Here are some facts about the devastating attacks:The bombsThe first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in western Japan on August 6, 1945 by the US bomber Enola Gay.The bomb, weighing 13-16 kilotons, was nicknamed “Little Boy” but its impact was anything but small.It detonated about 600 metres from the ground, with a force equivalent to 15,000 tonnes of TNT, and killed 140,000 people.Tens of…


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