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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Nagasaki Atomic Bombing 62 Years On

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Nagasaki Peace Memorial It is 62 years to the day that Nagasaki was devastated by the second atomic bomb to be dropped on Japan just three days after the first bomb attack on Hiroshima.

Around 70,000 people were killed and a further 70,000 later died of subsequent radioactivity-related illnesses.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue delivered this year's Peace Declaration and paid tribute to his predecessor, Itcho Ito, who was shot and killed in April this year.

The attack in 1945 from the US B-29 bomber Bockscar occurred at 11.02am with the "Fat Man" bomb exploding at a height of around 500 meters above the historic port city.

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