This memorial indicates the spot where the atomic bomb "Fat Man" exploded, after it was dropped by the B-29 "Bockcar" on 9 August 1945. The inscription on a nearby plaque reads:

"At 11:02 A.M., August 9, 1945 an atomic bomb exploded 500 meters above this spot. The black stone monolith marks the hypocenter.
The fierce blast wind, heat rays reaching several thousand degrees and deadly radiation generated by the explosion crushed, burned, and killed everything in sight and reduced this entire area to a barren field of rubble.
About one-third of Nagasaki City was destroyed and 150,000 people killed or injured and it was said at the time that this area would be devoid of vegetation for 75 years. Now, the hypocenter remains as an international peace park and a symbol of the aspiration for world harmony."


DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE ATOMIC BOMB EXPLOSION
1. Leveled Area:.....................................6.7 million square meters
2. Damaged Houses:
Completely burned:................................11,574
Completely Destroyed:............................1,326
Badly Damaged:....................................5,509
Total structures damaged:......................18,409
3. Casualties:
Killed:....................................................73,884
Injured...................................................74,909
Total:....................................................148,793

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Source

  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Wikimedia Commons (1) & Flickr (2,3,4)

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