Striking Images from the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

The following Hiroshima and Nagasaki pictures show the devastation brought to both these cities.

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The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

A photograph of the atomic bomb dropped in Nagasaki shows how it exploded 50m above ground on August 9, 1945 in Nagasaki, Japan64.jpg
A photograph of the atomic bomb dropped in Nagasaki shows how it exploded 50m above ground on August 9, 1945 in Nagasaki, Japan. Handout/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  • "Little Boy" atomic bomb being numbered
  • Col. Paul W. Tibbets waving from the cockpit of the Enola Gay
  • Column of Smoke over Hiroshima
  • Enola Gay after strike at Hiroshima
  • Rising column of smoke over Nagasaki
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Scenes of Destruction

Picture of the devastation wrought after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.
All that is left of one Shinto shrine in Nagasaki. The arch is made of elements. This plus the fact that the blast could go through and around the structure, enabled it to escape destruction. (October 1945). (Picture courtesy courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
  • Japanese soldier walking through a leveled area
  • Remains of a Shinto shrine in Nagasaki
  • Battered religious figures
  • Remains of a building after the atomic bombing
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Victims

Picture of a mother and son receiving boiled rice after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
Before noon on August 10, 1945, a mother and her son have received a boiled rice ball from an emergency relief party. One mile southeast of Ground Zero, Nagasaki. (August 10, 1945). (Picture courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
  • Rayburns on the back of a survivor's legs
  • Rayburns on a survivor's shoulder
  • Blast victims live in fly-infested hospital in bank building
  • Victim lying in a make-shift hospital in a bank building
  • Burned victim laying down in a Roman Catholic Cathedral
  • Mother and Son in Nagasaki
  • Survivors moving along the road after the atomic bombing