|On August 6, 1945, the US B29 bomber Enola Gay entered the skies over Hiroshima and dropped an atomic bomb from an altitude of 9,600 meters. An enormous cloud was generated by the sudden atmospheric changes caused by the explosion and rose to the stratosphere. Below that amazing mushroom cloud, the city of Hiroshima had been obliterated and vast numbers of injured victims were in desperate need of help. Ninoshima residents began learning about the injured victims about two hours after the explosion.Among the Ninoshima residents, 108 were in Hiroshima for school or work at the time of the bombing, and died in a month's time.|
The rising mushroom cloud
Photo / Nobuhiko Kodaira
August 6, 1945, about 15 minutes after explosion
Approx. 6 km from the hypocenter, Kanawajima Island
The enemy plane dropping the A-bomb seen from Ninoshima
Drawing and text / Kanetake Uchiyama
August 6, 1945, Officers quarters, Marine Medical Headquarters, Aza Higashi-otani, Ninoshima-cho
" A light flashed behind the plane. I thought it had dropped something. A few seconds later, there was an enormous roar like the explosion of a gigantic bomb. Soon, a mushroom cloud billowed up into the sky above Hiroshima. I was taking a late breakfast as the officer on duty, but I was looking into the sky, so I got a good look at the enemy plane."
As soon as we saw the flash, the whole area grew dark
Drawing / Hiroko Kanemasu August 6, 1945, Ninoshima Elementary School, Aza Yajita, Ninoshima-cho
The northern edge of the island was closest to the hypocenter-8.3 kilometers away. The south side was 11.5 kilometers. Ninoshima Elementary School was on the west side, opposite the quarantine station.
The mushroom cloud seen from Ninoshima
Drawing and text / Toshifumi Goto
August 6, 1945, Aza Daio, Ninoshima-cho
"A flash of silver light like tens of thousands of cameras going off at once lit up the whole area. Surprised, I turned around and in the next instant, I heard a boom seemed powerful enough to shove the Earth off its axis. Then, a giant pillar of smoke rose rapidly into the sky. The air-raid sirens screamed throughout the island as the big bomber flew away to the south high in the sky."
Excerpt from the memoir "Alas, Such Misery"
Ninoshima and the Atomic Bombing
Island of Final Rest
Military City Hiroshima and the Ninoshima Quarantine Station
Relief Activities Immediately after the Bombing
Ninoshima Overflowing with Injured
Anguished Voices Calling for Water; Family Members Searching for Loved Ones
Sending off the Dead
The Closing of the Emergency Field Hospital, then the Quarantine Station
Ninoshima of the Sleeping Dead
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