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16 Disturbing Photos That Show The After Effects Of Nuclear Warfare

On August 6, 1945, the United States detonated atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing a combined 129,000 people and bringing WWII to an end. During World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city killing an enormous number of people, and thousands more died later of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”The devastating after-effects of the war have been threatening for everyone living in Japan as well as in other parts of the world. Pictures are shown below.Warning: Some images may not be suitable for some people. Please see at your own risk.Image courtesy: Associated Press

The raging chemical clouds

View of the radioactive plume from the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, as seen from 9.6 kilometres away in Koyagi-Jima, on Aug 9, 1945. The US B-29 Superfortress Bockscar dropped the atomic bomb nicknamed 'Fat Man,' which detonated above the ground on northern part of Nagasaki just after 11 a.m.

Just after the damage

The devastation in 1945 after the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

After two months

A Japanese citizen walks through the damaged lands of Nagasaki, two months after the atomic bomb was dropped over the city.

The condition of Japanese soldiers

Japanese soldiers in Nagasaki assessed the damage after the nuclear blast in 1945.

Everything was burnt off

On the Left: The skeleton of a Japanese victim was found in 1945 after the flesh was burnt off the bones by the heat of the blast. On the Right: A damaged cross was lying in the devastation after the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Baby was seen crying after losing everything in the damage

A Japanese baby sitting and crying in the rubble following the explosion in Hiroshima.

As Hiroshima was destroyed

Hiroshima in ruins after its atomic bombing during World War II in 1945.

The enormous heat that the attack produced

On the left: A watch in the Hiroshima rubble stopped at 8:15 a.m., the moment of the atomic detonation. On the right: A human shadow scars the steps of a bank in Hiroshima, imprinted by the extreme heat of the blast.

A burnt body

A man with burns over his entire body was treated at the Army Transport Quarantine Station on Ninoshima Island. This man was exposed within 1 kilometre of the hypocenter of the atom bomb dropped.

The aftermath of the explosion

A victim of the Hiroshima bombing displaying his wounds for the camera.

Burn scars all over the body

Survivors who were hospitalised in Hiroshima in 1945 revealed their skin covered with burn scars caused by the atomic bomb dropped on the city.

The sadness in people

A young couple looking at the devastated city of Hiroshima in 1946.

Officials surveying the affected site

On the left: Officials of Hiroshima, meeting in the once opulent conference room of City Hall, discussed how to repair the ruined city in 1945.On the right: People inspect the vast devastation from the Hiroshima bombing.

After one year

Students attend class in a bombed-out Hiroshima classroom, one year following the atomic blast.

A group of homeless children

Children seen warming their hands over the fire on the outskirts of Hiroshima after the end of World War II.