ඉරිදා, 09 අගෝස්තු 2015 07:10

Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on

The Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States.
A ceremony there will observe a minute's silence, followed by speeches by the Nagasaki mayor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
A cathedral that was destroyed by the bomb but later rebuilt celebrated a remembrance Mass.


At least 70,000 people died in the attack, which came three days after another bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Nagasaki was only chosen because the original target, Kokura, was obscured by a cloud.
The aftermath of an atomic bomb in Nagasaki
Much of the city was flattened by the attack
On Sunday, bells will sound as relatives of victims and others mark the time of the explosion - 11:02 (02:02 GMT).
US ambassador Caroline Kennedy is expected to attend the commemorations in Nagasaki.
'Thunder in a clear sky'
The effects of the bomb were instant and devastating. It destroyed a third of the city, killing thousands instantly and condemning more to death from radiation sickness.
Days later, Japan surrendered, ending World War II, although the necessity of the two bombs has been debated ever since.
"It was a clear, sunny day and there was a sudden, blinding flash," remembered one Nagasaki survivor, Toru Mine, who now guides visitors at a museum dedicated to the event.
"My first thought was that it should be a thunder, but I soon realised it's bizarre to have a thunder in a clear sky."
Another survivor, 86-year-old Sumiteru Taniguchi, still bears scars on his back, the remains of three ribs that half rotted after the bomb dropped protruding from his chest.
A computer graphic video of the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb blast is projected on to the Urakami Cathedral on the eve of the anniversary, 8 Aug
A computer graphic video of the mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb blast is projected on to the Urakami Cathedral on the eve of the anniversary
A survivor of the Nagasaki bomb shows his scars
Sumiteru Taniguchi worked as a courier at the time, and was barely a mile from the epicentre
''While people around me were dying, I lived. People say I survived but I think I was kept alive. I am still suffering," he said.
Prime Minister Abe used his speech during a ceremony at Hiroshima to call for worldwide nuclear disarmament.
"Seventy years on I want to re-emphasise the necessity of world peace," he said.(BBC)

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