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Freaky pictures of household items melted and fused by Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

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fused-plate-hiroshimaTHESE ordinary household items deformed out of all recognition are from Nagasaki and Hiroshima – and show the massive power of even a relatively small thermo-nuclear device.



The pictures, provided by the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, show pieces of everyday Japanese life retrieved from the bomb sites.


The owners perished in the blast. Their remains were never found.


The Hiroshima bomb, dropped on the city in 1945, created a fireball which reached temperatures of 4000 Celsius.


Plates, cups, furniture and other household items were incinerated or melted into each other.


In the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. About half of the deaths in each city were on the first day.


The Hiroshima prefectural health department estimates that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes.


Six days after the detonation over Nagasaki, on August 15, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers, signing the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, officially ending the Pacific War and therefore World War II.

 The role of the bombings in Japan's surrender and the U.S.'s ethical justification for them, as well as their strategic importance, is still debated.

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