Saturday 25 July 2020



AUGUST 9, 1945
The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum And Other Places

Nagasaki is a place of significant history, none more so than the events of August 9, 1945. A visit to Nagasaki  must include the stark reminder of the use of nuclear weapons that ended  World War II, six days later. It is noty the only reason as there is the history ofthe Edi Period where Nagasaki was the only port of entry into Japan for 220 years.There is also the diverse cultural influences of the Chinese , Dutch and English on the town, it architecture and activities. This is a bried look at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the other places nearby that a remiders of the stark period in history.



The United Stated detonated a nuclear weapon over Nagasaki on August 1945.

The city of Nagasaki had been one of the largest seaports in southern Japan, and was of great wartime importance because of its wide-ranging industrial activity, including the production of war materials and ships and the location of the Mitsubishi Shipyards and Arms Plants. Nagasaki was an important industrial city but because of geography, difficult to locate at night. It was however bombed with conventional weapons a number of times. The city was also well defended by Anti-Aircraft batteries. Unlike Hiroshima, the buildings and factories were mostly old-fashioned Japanese construction, mostly timber. Nagasaki has also grown with residences next to factories and on the day of the bombing thee were over a quarter of a million people in the town. There were also 400 Allied prisoners of war.

Nagasaki was the secondary target on that night and because over Kokura, the primary target Bockscar carrying Fat Man diverted to Nagasaki. The bomb was estimated to have killed between 39,000-80,000 people immediately and during the days and weeks to follow.The bomb blast covered an area of 1.6 KM. Japan surrendered to the Allies on August 15, six days after Nagasaki, ending World War II

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