Fact List General Knowledge History

25 Interesting Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hiroshima Nagasaki

Hiroshima and Nagasaki became the first cities in the world to witness the power of nuclear weapons. Even today, the shadows of the victims lay imprinted on the walls of these cities. Here are Interesting Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki related to that incident.

1-5 Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Pamphlet--Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

1. The US Airforce before dropping the A-bomb, dropped pamphlets in Hiroshima warning people of the bombing. – Source

2. For decades, the mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba wrote letters of protest each time a nuclear test was conducted, as a plea to end the use of nuclear weapons. – Source

3. The Flame of Peace in Hiroshima, Japan has burned since 1964 in honor of the victims and will be extinguished only when all nuclear weapons are removed from the world and the Earth is free from nuclear threat. – Source

4. After the first Hiroshima atomic bombing in Japan, one Hiroshima policeman went to Nagasaki to teach police about ducking after the atomic flash. As a result of this timely warning, not a single Nagasaki policeman died in Nagasaki’s atomic blast. – Source

5. In 1945, a man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself into an air-raid shelter, spent the night there, in the morning caught a train so he could arrive at his job on time in Nagasaki, where he survived another atomic blast. – Source

6-10 Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Oleander-Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

6. The oleander is the official flower of the city of Hiroshima because it was the first thing to bloom again after the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945. – Source

7. About 12 cyanide pills were kept in the cockpit of the Enola Gay (plane carrying A-bomb), and pilots were instructed to take them if the mission was compromised during the bombing of Hiroshima – Source

8. Only 3 of the 12 people on board the Enola Gay actually knew the real purpose of their mission to Hiroshima. – Source

9. After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, hundreds of people (many of them already injured), made their way towards Nagasaki. Of these, 165 survived, both the bombings and lived to tell the tale. – Source

10. An American made bank vault saved the contents from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. After reconstruction of the bank, the new manager sent a congratulatory letter to the vault manufacturer. – Source

11-15 Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hiroshima shadows-Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

11. “Hiroshima shadows”: When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the intensity of the blast was of such intensity that it permanently burned shadows of people and objects into the ground. – Source

12. In 1945, Japanese radar operators detected a small number of incoming US planes (one of which carried the nuclear bombs to be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki), but decided not to intercept them as the small number of planes were not seen as a threat. – Source

13. The most destructive bombing event of WWII was neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki. It was the Operation Meetinghouse, the American firebombing of Tokyo. – Source

14. The Gingko Biloba species of tree is 270 million years old. It rarely suffers disease or insect attack and was one of the only living things to survive the Hiroshima nuclear bombing. The trees healed quickly and are still alive today. – Source

15. The ancient board game of “Go” was being played at a tournament in Hiroshima in 1945, when the atomic bomb went off only 3 miles away. Though the building was damaged and people were injured, they finished the match later that same afternoon (white won) – Source

16-20 Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Film Horton Hears a Who-Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

16. “Horton Hears a Who” was an allegory about Hiroshima and the America’s occupation of Japan and may have been Dr. Seuss’s way of apologizing for his support of Japanese Internment. – Source

17. It took Tokyo about 3 hours before they realized Hiroshima had been bombed. – Source

18. The USA originally denied that atomic bombs caused any lingering radioactivity whatsoever, calling such claims as Japanese propaganda. Even New York Times ran an article with the headline “NO RADIOACTIVITY IN HIROSHIMA RUIN,” citing only military sources and ignoring eyewitness accounts of radiation sickness. – Source

19. The Japanese army planned to have every man, woman and child to fight America to the death Kamikaze style even after Hiroshima. They even attempted a coup when the Emperor gave word to surrender – Source

20. The closest known survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb was in a basement only 170m (560 ft) from ground zero. – Source

21-25 Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Godzilla-Facts About Hiroshima and Nagasaki

21. Godzilla was created by Japan as a reaction to the bombings of Hiroshima, the monster itself spawning as a result of the nuclear detonations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Source

22. During WW2, the Japanese city of Kyoto was spared from atomic destruction solely by Henry L Stimson; the sitting US Secretary of War who had admired the city during his honeymoon decades earlier. Nagasaki took its place on the list.

23. Major Charles Sweeny, the pilot of the B29 that nuked Nagasaki, ignored direct orders during the bombing, nearly causing the plane to crash due to low fuel. Instead of investigating Sweeny’s conduct, the chief of staff for the Strategic Air Forces simply stated “You f**ked up, didn’t you, Chuck?” – Source

24. Around 25% of the deaths caused by the atomic bombs in Hiroshima & Nagasaki were conscripted Koreans. – Source

25. The US dropped about 49 practice bombs nicknamed “pumpkin bombs” that killed 400 and injured 1,200 before nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki. – Source

87 Comments

Click here to post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • is it true the atomic bomb was meant to be dropped on berlin, but the war in europe finnished before this could happen?

    • Dont think throwing an atomic bomb over white european people would have been somthing aproved by anyone.
      It is believed that the strong racism towards japannesse that americans had by the time, was a very important fact that helped giving aproval for the bombing.

      • Riiiiight. Just as the japanese held racist attitudes towards Chinese, Burmese, etc as they bloodied, tortured and ate them. Stop with the ‘racist’ crap. My God.

        Disgusting!

      • Nazi Germany surrendered in May 8th, 1945 at Reims, while the first atomic bomb (“The Gadget”) was tested on July 16th at Alamogordo (“Trinity Site”) in New Mexico. Racism had nothing to do with it, you freakin’ stupid “I hope you die in a car crash” moron!

        • No they had previously surrendered that where they made it official. But if you were as knowledgable on the subject as you think you are. Now stop being an offensive tw*t and if you want to talk to someone like that get out from behind your keyboard and come and see me.

      • The decision to bomb Japan was mostly decided by the number of soldiers the Allies predicted to lose for a mainland invasion. Millions of Purple Hearts were minted that are still being handed out today. The bombings most likely saved millions of lives as every man, woman, and child would fight to the death if an invasion did happen. While the nukes did result in thousands of deaths, they were probably the most humane way to end the war with the least amount of deaths in The Pacific. The resulting Cold War brought palpable tension with The Russians and very nearly wiped the majority of humanity out. But in the end, we are all still here. What nuclear weapons has brought, is a dramatic reduction of fighting between highly developed nations (for fear of retribution.) In a sense, it did help usher in an era of diplomacy not seen before.

        • To use organized crime language, as is appropriate when talking about government, the use of atomic bombs was a “message job” to the Russians. Just in case they were thinking about their expansion of Communism.

        • No, Gerardo, while it is clear the Japanese have always (and still) regard themselves as inherently superior and for the most part, Americans do as well, the US had demonstrated it was an equal-opportunity destroyer.

          Keep in mind that we had wiped the city of Dresdin off the map with a horrendous firebombing attack, one which killed somewhere between 18,000 and a half-million people. Racism, individual and systemic/institutional, is a huge problem but probably not a factor here.

  • america should suffer because even though we got bombed, we had only a few casualties but then america had been big and bad then bombed them with not only one bomb but TWO! And they were NUCLEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You how many lives them two bombs saved. There was 2 more plans to take Japan. One was a invasion of the Island witch would of cost 1 Million American lives, and 3 Million Japanese lives, and the second was a chem attack on Japan, and the one that was choose was the two bombs. Although I cost a few 100,000 lives A loss that is deeply felt by people even today, and rightly so, the cost could have been much higher. I think the correct decision was made both for America, and Japan

      • The bombs were not dropped to save American lives. That’s pure American propaganda. Main reasons were to prevent Russia from entering the war in the Pacific and sharing the “spoils”, and to justify the enormous cost of the Manhattan Project. There was also no military objective at Hiroshima or Nagasaki. American military should feel very proud that they incinerated innocent starving civilians including women and children for no justifiable reason. The American military’s brutality continues to the present day.

    • ‘only had a few casualties’. Ok genius. How many casualties did other countries suffer at the hands of the Japanese? You are truly ignorant.

    • Guess what? Over 60 other cities were bombed before Hiroshima, with much more destruction and lives lost, as one nuclear bomb wastes a great deal of energy in the center of the explosion, because you would have so much power destroying everything that had already been destroyed. Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren’t the worst part of the war, although it was the right thing to do.

    • 1. They refused to surrender
      2. We would drop pamphlet warning the Japanese Citizens of bombings (did they do that for Pearl Harbor)
      3. They were planning to drop a plague on American soil and it was halted because the war had ended. Not to mention they were in the process of developing their own nuclear weapon and they would not hesitated to use it any more that we had.
      4. Quebec agreement: US agreed with the UK not to use Nuclear weapons without mutual consent. We agreed on terms to use the bomb?
      5. Japan showed crazy acts of cruelty towards humans and actually killed more civilians than the Nazis
      6. Yes it was a same that it had to end the way it did, but we did not want any part of the war outside aiding our allies. We did not put boots on the ground until Japan invited us into the war with the bombing of Pearl Harbor so when we entered it was to END WWll and that is what we did. Yes it cost a lot of their lives but it probably prevented many more deaths of Americans. For that, it was worth it and we learned from it.

    • I have one thing to say to Japanese people, your great people your country is beauiful, but can you please shut your f**king mouths? We nuked you slanted eyed f**ktards because you fly your shitty planes over here and kill us and decades later you get on here and complain? I wonder why we nuked you guys , and yes I’m being sarcastic.

  • Koreans are so sad!!!!! When they don’t have any problem or trouble they need to be injured by the bombing!!! Omg! Poor Koreans!

  • clearly by reading this site just by looking at the coments its all a big lie some might be true but to me its bs because yall just keep fighten about this pershhh shi…t

  • Everyone lets us be clear of one thing atomic bombs are bad .Should it have been drop on Japan ?Yes, it save lives by shortening the war by a year .We did warn Japan and ask them to surrender but the didn’t listen .The places we bomb were testing areas that were near city so they can grab people for cruel experiment .At the end of the war we rebuild Europe for a war we didn’t start and restored Japan economy by teaching them how to make cars .Honda and Mitsubishi used to be war plane companies.

  • The truth is that President Truman was a 32 degree mason which means that he was a Satan’s worshiper who ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as an offering to his Master. The nuking of the two cities was totally unnecessary since Japan would have surrendered in any event. It was the greatest Satanic sacrifice ever.

    GOD return to us as soon as possible and destroy Satan and all his human worshipers.

  • #1 has been proven to be a lie, but sites like this keep putting out to the stupid as fact. And I first learned this in Japan, they have facts that are not watered down by (US) propaganda.

  • Lived in Japan 30 years. Met mayor Akiba and talked with him about an hour. Don’t consider myself an expert, but then who is who comments here? My comments for people who are rational, so unlikely any of them will have read this far thru all the vitriol.
    Japanese military factions had no intent to surrender and even tried to prevent the surrender thru a coup of sorts. A miracle the surrender happened at all. Any “facts” other than this highly suspect conjecture.
    An invasion of mainland Japan would have killed millions on both sides. You don’t believe this you don’t know Japan look at the Okinawa campaign. I personally convinced that is likely true.
    Why the US couldn’t have dropped the bomb on a less populated area to demonstrate power? Seems like it was a worth a try at least.
    While horrific the bombings don’t compare with to the hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians killed by the Japanese military large scale rape and pillage. Talk about revisionist history.
    Can’t help but think that at least dropping one bomb was justified. But could it have been on a target with less less of civilian life?
    Intelligent responses and points of view welcomed. Rehashed conjecture of little use. Yes I am an a-hole and douche so if you have an uncontrollable urge to call me one here, fight the urge.

    • There were only two bombs. I don’t think the president wanted to find out if it might work. He wanted to make sure he got his money’s worth. It is sad that innocent civilians died and war is an evil thing, but some evil is necessary. We didn’t choose the war. It was us or them. We did what we had to do. Period.

    • Hiroshema was a primary military command for Japanese government not the only one but a major military command and training area therefore a military target after bombing Japanese military leaders attempted a coup against the emperor they told the people to obey when he ordered the surrender of japan these same military leaders did their best to convince the emperor and others that the bomb was a fluke after the attempted coup and amercia could not and did not have the ability or financial ability to create another thats why 3 days later nagisoki was bombed was it terrible yes was it destructive yes but the firebombing of Tokyo and other cities caused more deaths and far greater destruction than both nuclear weapons combined did it save lives on both sides resounding yes if there were to be a invasion minimum of 2 million american and 3 million Japanese and a minimum of up to 2 years to route out all the combatants and complete desomation of Japanese economy industry religion and probably the Japanese culture and race they never signed the treaty of humane treatment of military and civilian prisoners but demanded it when they were captured after they realized they were not going to be killed or sacrificed after the surrender we rebuilt their cities industry social and economic structure they were allowed a police force that had destroyers tanks armored personal carrier mine sweepers gunboats etc quit crying about the Japanese they started the involvement of the U.S. in WW 2 by suprise attack on pearl harbor killing thousands 1200 alone on uss Arizona most drowned or starved because they could not be reached

    • I truly agree. Compared to the cruelty committed by the Japanese military on the China civilians, at least 20 atomic bombs should have been dropped in Japan. Especially the whole royal family sof the sickening emperor should have been wiped out to acccount for the atrocities committed by the Japanese in Asia.

  • ‘survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, dragged himself into an air-raid shelter, spent the night there, in the morning caught a train’
    In the UK we can’t even get the trains to run when there’s a flake of snow on the ground, the bloody Japs had them running the day after a nuclear attack!

  • I think until today most of the Japanese have not learnt their lesson from the atomic bombing. One of reasons is the Japanese did not suffer as many casualties as that suffered by the German during World War 2. In fact, most of the Japanese still dream of going to war to regain their glory. The Japanese should realise that they risk being wiped out from the map if Japanese were to start a war again.

  • My Father was a GUEST of the little yellow men from japan after the fall of SINGAPORE in 1942.He always said that the YANKS dropped every body in the Excrement. They should have dropped 22 Atomic Bombs, not 2.

  • For #22 Kyoto was the target for the second bombing but because of the clouds the plane moved to its secondary target of Nagasaki. Source: a picfact on this site.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

From around the web