Photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, taken on the second day after the explosion

NOT for the faint hearted!

The nuclear bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (Hiroshima) and Nagasaki (Nagasaki) claimed the lives of more than 250 thousand people.
It was the largest massacre in the history of mankind. However, for a long time, in journalistic circles it was the practice of forgery real photos from the event. Even today in the archives of the photos can not be found, except for the dilapidated ruins and buildings. Of course, these pictures, too, in his shock, but they are very, very far from the truth.
US occupying forces imposed strict censorship on photographs that directly or indirectly affect the magnitude of the disaster. All that "might in any way disturb the peace of our citizens" were seized and sent to the Pentagon archives. These photos were stored for a long time under the heading "sov.sekretno." Some of them were published much later, when the noise died down. Either way, they reflect the human tragedy that we simply must never forget.

Part 1.

All the watches found in the disaster area, stopped at around 8:15 am, the time of the explosion.

Close to the epicenter of the explosion the temperature was so strong that most of the living creatures was instantly turned into steam. Shadows on the parapets of the people imprinted even half a mile to the south-southeast of the epicenter on the bridge Yarozuyo (Yorozuyo Bridge). All that remains of the people of Hiroshima, sitting on the rocks, which are not oplavilis - a handful of black shadows.

Photo below shows how the marble steps of the bank, which is a woman, there was only a trace of her, scorched terrible heat.

Part 2.

On August 6, 1945 at exactly 8.15 am, with the uranium atom bomb exploded at a filling height of 580 meters above the city of Hiroshima. It exploded with a blinding flash, a giant fireball and a temperature of more than 4000C degrees above the ground. Fiery waves and radiation spread instantly in every direction, creating an overpressure blast of air that brings death and destruction. In just a few seconds of 400-year-old city it was virtually reduced to ashes. Humans, animals, plants, and any other organic body were evaporated. Sidewalks and asphalt melted, the building collapsed, and the dilapidated buildings were demolished blast.

Women, men and children, caught off guard during the explosion of an ordinary working day, were killed horribly. Their internal organs are immediately cooked, bones from the terrible heat turned into hard coal.

Not even in the center of the explosion the temperature was so high that allows you to instantly melt the steel and stone. For a second, 75,000 people were injured and burns incompatible with life. More than 65% of the deaths were in children nine years old or younger.

Even death from radiation damage overtakes the Japanese. "Without any external cause of health begins to plummet. They lose their appetite, and then begin to fall out hair. Large spots like burns from boiling water begin to appear all over the body. Then begins bleeding from the ears, nose and mouth, and as a consequence - the death ».

Doctors give patients "a shot of vitamin A to maintain the body. The result is terrible and unpredictable. The flesh begins to rot from the holes at the injection site, and then expanded, affecting internal organs. Either way, it leads to death ».

The photo shows the acquired cataracts from the flash of the explosion of the atomic bomb. The pupil - a small white dot in the center of the eyeball.

Part 3.

Hibakusha () - is widespread in Japan, a term denoting the victims or people somehow connected with the explosion in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese word roughly translates as "the people affected by the explosion».

They and their children have been and still are the victims of brutal discrimination associated with diseases from radiation. People think these people cursed and otherwise avoid them.

Many of them were dismissed from their jobs. Women hibakusha never marry, because many of them are afraid to have children. I believe that nothing good comes out of the marriage with hibakusha will come. "Nobody wants to marry a man who will die anyway in a couple of years».

Part 4.
Yamahata (Yamahata), a photographer in Nagasaki

August 10, 1945, a few days after the explosion in Nagasaki, photographer Ёske Yamahata (Yosuke Yamahata), began photographing the effects of the tragedy. The city was dead. He walked through the dark, crumbling ruins, among the dead bodies hours. Late in the evening he took the last photo near the medical station in the north of the city. In one day, he became the owner of the most exclusive photos taken immediately after the disaster of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Later he wrote: "The warm wind begins to rise, and here and there I saw a little fire lights, glowing in the darkness like a fox-fire. These were the remains of a large fire. Nagasaki was completely destroyed »

Photos Yamahata considered the most complete documentary evidence of the horrors of the atomic bombing. The New York Times called the photo "one of the most stunning photos, that have ever been made».

Ёske Yamahata terminally ill August 6, 1965 th, in his 48 th anniversary and after 20-years old after the bombing. He was diagnosed with cancer, most likely caused by the directional effects of radiation exposure that he received twenty years ago during a trip to Nagasaki. He died April 18, 1966 and is buried in the cemetery of Tama, Tokyo.

Documentary US Air Force:

Reconstruction of events according to the BBC BBC:


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