Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 70 years after, images of the Apocalypse that has befallen Japan

ARCHIVE PHOTOS – In August 1945, there was just 70 years, the United States would drop two atomic bombs on Japan in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Relive the story of the tragic events in pictures commented.

To end the Second World War in the field of Asian operations, the United States decided to proceed with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945, following the ultimatum the Potsdam conference, rejected by the Empire of Japan. Acts of capitulation will eventually signed on 2 September 1945. The deadliest tragedy of history related to the use of nuclear technology would, according to Japanese historians, nearly 250 000 people on the two bombed cities, including because of burns caused by heat radiation, cancer and many diseases developed because of the generated radiation. View archival images of the Apocalypse.

70 years after the events, the use of nuclear weapons is still painfully discussed the US and remains an open wound in diplomatic relations between the two former enemies, the USA and Japan. Never the United States has formally apologized for the bombing that caused the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians. In 2011, the ceremonies of 6 August have, for the first time in history, took place in the presence of the US ambassador in Hiroshima. The White House had held then to “express respect for all victims of the Second World War.”

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