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75 Years: Second Atomic Bomb Dropped In Nagasaki Japan, 11:02 AM, (August 9, 1945)

Today we commemorate the war dead especially those in the Japanese port city of Nagasaki, seventy-five years ago, on August 9, 1945. U.S. Army Air Forces detonated a plutonium implosion-type fission bomb nicknamed "Fat Man." This came on the heels of the first atomic explosion, three days earlier, in the city of Hiroshima after the Japanese War Council refused to believe that it was atomic and were told that it was just a rumor.

A plaque at the nearby hypocenter gives the following caption and statistics of the damage caused that day.
At 11:02 A.M., August 9, 1945 an atomic bomb exploded 500 meters above this spot. The black stone monolith marks the hypocenter. The fierce blast wind, heat rays reaching several thousand degrees and deadly radiation generated by the explosion crushed, burned, and killed everything in sight and reduced this entire area to a barren field of rubble. About one-third of Nagasaki City was destroyed and 150,000 people killed or injured and it was said at the time that this area would be devoid of vegetation for 75 years. Now, the hypocenter remains as an international peace park and a symbol of the aspiration for world harmony.
DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE ATOMIC BOMB EXPLOSION
1. Leveled Area:
6.7 million square meters (2.59 square miles)
2. Damaged Houses:

Completely burned:
11,574
Completely destroyed:
1,326
Badly damaged:
5,509
Total structures damaged:
18,409
3. Casualties:

Killed:
73,884
Injured:
74,909
Total:
148,793 

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