On 9 August 1945 the US airforce dropped an atomic bomb, nicknamed Fat Man, on Nagasaki. Three days earlier, Little Boy had been dropped on Hiroshima. Nagasaki had a population of about 450.000, 65.000 of whom were either killed or injured by the bomb. The entire city was rebuilt afterwards. The bombing of Nagasaki was reason for the Japanese to surrender and therefore counts as the ending of World War II.
Yesterday the yearly memorial service was held in Nagasaki. For the first time, an american official was present at the occasion.
Nagasaki during the memorial service in 2010
Nagasaki after bombing in 1945
Nagasaki areal photography – before and after