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HIROSHIMA | by Athole McLauchlan
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Picture Shows: Mushroom cloud Tx: BBC ONE © US Army/Public Domian At 8.15am on August 6th, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing nearly 100,000 people. Those who managed to survive - in spite of the lethal heat-blast, the colossal shockwave and the invisible effects of gamma radiation - told stories of a living nightmare. Hiroshima puts the explosion in its historical and political context, examining the evidence and records to build a detailed account of the reasons for the decision to bomb the city. Dropping the bomb was a momentous decision and its consequences changed the world forever. WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to Terms of Use of BBC Digital Picture Service. In particular, this image may only be used during the publicity period for the purpose of publicising 'HIROSHIMA' and provided the copyright holder is credited. Any use of this image on the internet or for any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising or other commercial uses, requires the prior written approval of the copyright holder.

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Uploaded on July 16, 2007