In Pictures: 70 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

HIROSHIMA - On Aug 6, 1945, United States released an uranium bomb with a destructive force equivalent to 16 kilotons of TNT above the Japanese city of Hiroshima, with more than 140,000 estimated to have been killed.

Three days later, a plutonium bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing some 74,000 people.

Both cities are once again thriving as a commercial hub, but the scars of the bombing still remain.


The gutted Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (top, centre), which is now called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, and the same location near Aioi Bridge (bottom) on July 28, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS


The shadows of railings that were imprinted on the road surface of Yorozuyo Bridge (top) by the heat of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945, and the same location (bottom) on July 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS


People walking on Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima, after the atomic bombing on Aug 6, 1945 (top), and the same location (bottom) on July 28, 2015. The gutted Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall can be seen in the top picture.  PHOTO: REUTERS


The Nagasaki Medical College (top) after it was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Aug 9, 1945, and the same location on July 31, 2015.  PHOTO: REUTERS


The ruins of the Shiroyama National School (top, centre), which was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and the same location (bottom) on July 31, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS


The south face of Urakami Cathedral (top) , which was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and the rebuilt cathedral (bottom) on July 31, 2015.  PHOTO: REUTERS


The Urakami Cathedral (top, centre), which was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and the rebuilt cathedral (bottom) on July 31, 2015.  PHOTO: REUTERS