Today is the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing about 140,000 people. On August 9, Nagasaki was hit by a second nuclear bomb that killed about 70,000.
August 6, 2015
Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.
A ceremony, attended by PM Shinzo Abe, is being held at Hiroshima’s memorial park before thousands of lanterns are released on the city’s Motoyasu river.
The bombing – and a second one on Nagasaki three days later – is credited with bringing to an end World War Two.