Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki; five days after that, Japan unconditionally surrendered to the United States, bringing an end to World War II. The atomic bombs killed several hundred thousand people, many instantly in the nuclear fire, many later with burns, injuries and radiation sickness, and still many others, over the years, with cancers and birth defects. These deaths continue to this day.
I had been diagnosed with kakke vitamin deficiency a few days earlier and had taken the day off school to get a medical exam. As my mother and I were eating breakfast, I heard the deep rumble of engines overhead. Our ears were trained back then; I knew it was a B immediately.
I stepped out into the field out front but saw no planes. Bewildered, I glanced to the northeast. I saw a black dot in the sky.
A gust of hot wind hit my face; I instantly closed my eyes and knelt down to the ground. As I tried to gain footing, another gust of wind lifted me up and I hit something hard.
I do not remember what happened after that. When I finally came to, I was passed out in front of a bouka suisou stone water container used to extinguish fires back then. Suddenly, I felt an intense burning sensation on my face and arms, and tried to dunk my body into the bouka suisou.
The water made it worse. My face swelled up so badly that I could not open my eyes. I was treated briefly at an air raid shelter and later at a hospital in Hatsukaichi, and was eventually brought home wrapped in bandages all over my body. I was unconscious for the next few days, fighting a high fever.
I finally woke up to a stream of light filtering in through the bandages over my eyes and my mother sitting beside me, playing a lullaby on her harmonica. I was told that I had until about age 20 to live.
Yet here I am seven decades later, aged All I want to do is forget, but the prominent keloid scar on my neck is a daily reminder of the atomic bomb. We cannot continue to sacrifice precious lives to warfare.
All I can do is pray — earnestly, relentlessly — for world peace.
I, Hayasaki, have been deeply indebted to the Heiwasuishinkyokai for arranging this meeting, amongst many other things.
You have traveled far from the US — how long and arduous your journey must have been. Seventy two years have passed since the bombing — alas, young people of this generation have forgotten the tragedies of war and many pay no mind to the Peace Bell of Nagasaki. Perhaps this is for the better, an indication that the current generation revels in peace.
Still, whenever I see people of my own generation join their hands before the Peace Bell, my thoughts go out to them.On August 6, , the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing about , by the end of the year, out of the , who lived in the initiativeblog.com days later, a second atomic bomb was.
The devastated city of Hiroshima after the first atomic bomb was dropped in The bombing of Nagasaki happened three days after the first bomb was released on Founded: Sep 18, Three days after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9 – a kiloton plutonium device known as "Fat Man.” On the day of the bombing, an estimated , were in Nagasaki, including , Japanese residents, 9, Japanese soldiers, and prisoners of .
Nov 18, · Watch video · American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima. On this day in , at a.m. Japanese time, an American B bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of.
Japan announced its surrender to the Allies on August 15, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki and the Soviet Union's declaration of war. On September 2, the Japanese government signed the instrument of surrender, effectively ending World War II.
A gallery of Hiroshima & Nagasaki before and after the explosion of the first nuclear weapon Little Boy. weapon, an atomic bomb dropped by the United States. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki; five days after that, Japan unconditionally surrendered to the United States, bringing an end to World War.