Pictures of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, were released for the first time in Washington, U.
Pictures of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, were released for the first time in Washington, U.S.A., Dec. 6. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and Defence Department decided to issue them because they were a "matter of history."
They had been kept secret to avoid stirring up hostile feelings abroad. The bombs killed about 150,000 in the two Japanese cities.
The one dropped on Hiroshima is called "Little Boy" - ten feet long, 20 inches in diameter, and weighing 9,000 pounds. The bomb that wiped out Nagasaki is named "Fat Boy." It is ten feet eight inches long, five feet in diameter, and weighs 10,000 pounds.
Each bomb is said to have the explosive force of 20,000 tons of conventional TNT. This compares with as much as 15 to 17 million tons for some hydrogen bombs tested in recent years. They were detonated several thousand feet above their targets. Frightening pictures of the devastation caused by them come from the VISNEWS archives.