Today, Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on world leaders to take nuclear disarmament as seriously as they are fighting against the coronary virus pandemic marked as a threat to humanity.
“Nuclear weapons, developed to win wars, pose a threat of complete destruction, and we can certainly prevent that if all nations work together,” Matsui said.
The ceremony, which begins with a minute of silence at exactly 8.15 am local time, was attended by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The B.29 “Enola Gay” bomber dropped a bomb called “Little Boy” from a height of 9,600 meters on August 6, 1945, at a height of 9,600 meters, which exploded 600 meters above the ground after 43 seconds. The temperature at the center of the explosion is estimated to have reached between 3,000 to 4,000 degrees Celsius.
The bomb, weighing about four tons, killed everyone within a 500.meter radius and destroyed 90 percent of the city. About 45 minutes after the explosion, a “black rain” of radioactive particles began to fall.
Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the United States dropped the “Fat Man” atomic bomb on Nagasaki, where about 74,000 people died, after which Japan capitulated on August 15.
The war officially ended two weeks later, on September 2, 1945. At the time of the attack, 350,000 people were living in Hiroshima, of which 40,000 were military personnel. Today, the city has about 1.2 million inhabitants.
According to some estimates, more than 220,000 people were killed in the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.