Today marks the 67th anniversary of the A-bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. Home to about 250,000 people when the bomb was dropped, a single 4,000 kg uranium bomb is thought to have killed over 140,000 people in 1945.
Today, Hiroshima held a ceremony in Hiroshima’s peace park with the grandson of Harry S. Truman, the president who ordered the dropping of the bomb, in attendance. About 50,000 others gathered as well, the AP reports, among them representatives from about 70 countries, as everyone took a moment of silence.
This video from the National Archives (342-USAF-11074) shows the city nine months after the bomb. It was produced by the US military to survey the effect of the blast on buildings, but also shows how much the widespread devastation in the city.
NOTE: The video is long and has no audio. It’s worth skipping through the film to see its highlights, which include a panorama at 6:35 and a view through a Torii gate at 9:06.
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