6 August

Don't you hear the H-bombs' thunder _ Echo like the crack of doom? _ While they rend the skies asunder _ John Brunner
August 2009

At 8.15 am on 6 August 1945, the Little Boy uranium bomb fell on Hiroshima; of a population of 250,000, 90,000 were killed and some 100,000 injured.

'Many people on the street were killed almost instantly. The fingertips of those dead bodies caught fire and the fire gradually spread over their entire bodies from their fingers. A light grey liquid dripped down their hands, scorching their fingers. I, I was so shocked to know that fingers and bodies could be burned and deformed like that. I just couldn't believe it. It was horrible. And looking at it, it was more than painful for me to think how the fingers were burned, hands and fingers that would hold babies or turn pages, they just, they just burned away.'
Akiko Takakura






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