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Last Updated: Friday August 05 2005 12:36 GMT

In pictures: Hiroshima

The A Bomb Dome survived the blast and today it's a memorial. (Contemporary pictures by Mike Coles)
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On 6 August 1945 the first atomic bomb used in war was dropped on Hiroshima in Japan. This building, now called the A Bomb Dome, survived the blast and today it's a memorial.
The Enola Gay was the US Air Force plane that carried the atomic bomb to Hiroshima. The aircrew dropped the bomb from 600 metres over the city
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The Enola Gay was the US Air Force plane that carried the atomic bomb to Hiroshima. The aircrew dropped the bomb from 600 metres over the city.
The Hiroshima bomb was nicknamed Little Boy. US President Harry Truman  hoped the bombings would end World War 2 without an invasion  of Japan. The decision is still very controversial.
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The Hiroshima bomb was nicknamed Little Boy. US President Harry Truman hoped the bombings would end World War 2 without an invasion of Japan which it was thought would cost the lives of 250,000 US troops.
Hiroshima was a  city of about 255,000 people in 1945. The atomic bomb blast flattened buildings within a 2.5 kilometre radius.
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Hiroshima was a city of about 255,000 people in 1945. The atomic bomb blast flattened buildings within a 2.5 kilometre radius.
About a third of Hiroshima's population was killed within a week of the bombing. Many more died later through radiation sickness. Between 2,000 and 6,500 children are believed to have been orphaned.
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About a third of Hiroshima's population was killed within a week of the bombing. Many more have since died through radiation sickness. Between 2,000 and 6,500 children are believed to have been orphaned by the atomic bomb.
Now, Hiroshima is an important industrial city with a population of 1.1 million. It is  home to the Mazda car company. (Contemporary pictures by Mike Coles)
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Now, Hiroshima is an important industrial city with a population of 1.1 million. It is home to the Mazda car company.


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