August 6th of every year, history remembers the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. This day plays a substantial role in promoting understanding, reconciliation, and a more peaceful future.
It was one of the saddest events in human history when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The explosion caused a flash that illuminated the mountain peaks 10 miles (16 km) away. Soon there followed a tremendous sustained roar accompanied by a tornado-like burst of wind.
The bomb generated an explosive power equivalent to approximately 21,000 tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT). Hiroshima became the primary target because of its military value the city served as the headquarters of the Japanese Second Army.
It took approximately 45 seconds for Little Boy to descend to an altitude of 1,900 feet (580 meters), at which point it exploded in the sky directly above Shima Hospital.
This act resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives and forever altered the course of humanity. The atomic bomb, named ‘Little Boy’, killed an estimated 140,000 people by the end of 1945, either directly or through the subsequent effects of radiation.
Many residents of Hiroshima dealt with lifelong and terminal health issues and other people got severely injured. There was another bomb dropped on Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 people.
Hiroshima, once a monument of destruction, has risen up from the ashes and rebuilt itself, focusing on fostering peace and understanding among nations.