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24 Disturbing Pictures From The Aftermath Of Nuclear Warfare

In August 1945, the United States detonated atomic bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing a combined 129,000 people and bringing WWII to an end. Warning: graphic images.

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View of the radioactive plume from the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, as seen from 9.6 kilometers away in Koyagi-jima, on Aug. 9, 1945. The US B-29 Superfortress Bockscar dropped the atomic bomb nicknamed "Fat Man," which detonated above the ground on northern part of Nagasaki just after 11 a.m.

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Left: The skeleton of a Japanese victim is found in 1945 after the flesh was cooked off the bones by the heat of the blast. Right: A damaged cross lies in the devastation after the atom bomb was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

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Left: A watch in the Hiroshima rubble is stopped at 8:15 a.m., the moment of the atomic detonation. Right: A human shadow scars the steps of a bank in Hiroshima, imprinted by the extreme heat of the blast.

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The Hiroshima Chamber of Industry and Commerce was the only building remotely close to standing near the center of the atomic bomb blast of Aug. 6, 1945.

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A man with burns over his entire body is treated at the Army Transport Quarantine Station on Ninoshima Island. This man was exposed within 1 kilometer of the hypocenter of the atom bomb dropped on Aug. 6, 1945.

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Left: A bandaged survivor tries to comfort a Japanese baby who was badly burned when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Right: A Japanese doctor is seen standing in front of a makeshift hospital at Hiroshima.

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Left: Officials of Hiroshima, meeting in the once opulent conference room of City Hall, discuss how to repair the ruined city in 1945. Right: People inspect the vast devastation from the Hiroshima bombing.

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