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August 9, 1945 - 11:02 AM

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 26 October 2015 in Cityscape & Urban.

Most of you probably know what happened here on the above date and time. At about 1,640 feet (500 meters) above the Hypocenter Park, Fat Man exploded, with a power of 20 kilotons, generating heat of 7,050 °F (3,900 °C) and winds estimated at 624 mph (1,005 km/h).

Estimates of the dead vary widely. A couple of sources mention 70,000 killed instantly with another 70,000 dying of radiation sickness. Another source says around 70,000 were killed in total. In any case, these are large numbers for a bomb that missed its target by 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) and the blast of which was confined to the narrow Urakami Valley. The Mitsubishi Arms Plant and the Mitsubishi Steel Works were heavily damaged.

Nagasaki Hypocenter Park
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Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful park. I like the attractive tone of the flowery trees

26 Oct 2015 5:04am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

I knew the significance of this date. One can only hope that it will be forgotten in the world ever. And can only hope that it will never have to re-experience anywhere. .

26 Oct 2015 5:43am

jean pierre a from France

impressionnant ce "Parc du souvenir"! amitiés

26 Oct 2015 6:17am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une triste date

26 Oct 2015 7:54am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

A place of sadness... so symbolic with the damp ground, but hopeful with the beautiful blossoms on the trees.

26 Oct 2015 8:18am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

J'aime beaucoup! très belle vue!

26 Oct 2015 8:29am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, colors, lights & reflections!
L O V E L Y !

26 Oct 2015 9:47am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A powerful narrative Steve and it is accompanied so well by this very pretty, yet solemn view of the area here. Your words are so gripping and true. It's what it was and it is not good....Makes me wonder if we should be choosing between who is the good guy and who is the bad, instead of choosing what is the right thing and what is the wrong thing. I suppose we may never know - and that is the saddest thing of all.

26 Oct 2015 10:09am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Powerful image and story - one we should never forget.

26 Oct 2015 10:34am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

This image conveys sadness today.
It is a great tribute to a day that we must never forget

26 Oct 2015 10:46am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

No more Hiroshima, no more Nagasaki. And I have to say, no more Fukushima.

26 Oct 2015 11:27am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Sad history. Beautifully captured park.:-)

26 Oct 2015 12:05pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France


26 Oct 2015 2:26pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The floral blossoms stand out nicely on this dreary, overcast day! Seems most appropriate given the subject matter.

26 Oct 2015 2:57pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine documentation of this historic site.

26 Oct 2015 2:58pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Ces arbres en fleurs cette statue noir superbe vue.

26 Oct 2015 4:09pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great place, splendid mood !!!

26 Oct 2015 4:21pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Thanks for sharing, Steve and I have nothing to add to Hiro's comment above. Kindest regards MN

26 Oct 2015 4:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A poignant feeling is captured here. SUch tragic sadness. Oh may we live in peace and harmony instead.

26 Oct 2015 4:53pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Extreme tragedy, she is so lovely, almost in repose !~

26 Oct 2015 5:03pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Very beautiful image. The destruction from these two blasts reached a level not seen before. Let's hope they were the last ones.

26 Oct 2015 6:41pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A beautiful park to remember that tragic moment ... Splendid image !!!

26 Oct 2015 10:23pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Always moving to contemplate...

26 Oct 2015 11:18pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A sad time in history.

27 Oct 2015 2:27am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


27 Oct 2015 8:10am

Diana from Olympia, United States

Serenity with lovely blossoms

28 Oct 2015 8:20pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A Sad day in the history of mankind. Great shot.

29 Oct 2015 4:46pm