It was 70 years ago that the first atomic bomb was created and dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. The lasting effects are still felt by the residents and their descendants. Yet, both places have survived and are now trying to make a place for themselves in this world.
Where once rubble and destruction existed, now thriving cities stand and welcome the future for its people.
Here’s a look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bomb and now.
1. Hiroshima, when it was bombed and the city it is today
2. Hiroshima Atomic Dome, the only thing that survived the bomb
3. Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, the foundations survived
Now a museum.
4. Nagasaki Medical College destroyed with only shells remaining
It breathes life again
5. Aloi Bridge Hiroshima, nothing was left
Now a place of beauty
6. Shiroyama National School in Nagasaki
Now the home of Shiroyama Elementary school
7. The south face of Urakami Cathedral, just the door frame was left standing
Now a simpler look door stands
8. Hiroshima two days after the atomic bomb
Now a thriving city
9. Nagasaki in 1945 after being bombed – nothing remained
Now a bustling metropolitan
10. How it all changed – the Atomic Bomb
Such destruction and devastation, yet they persevered.