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An atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8.15 on the morning of 6 August 1945. A 'mushroom-shaped cloud' was seen from a nuclear blast. A clear light-pink cloud, as if mixed with whipped cream, swelled up into the sky. Hiroshima is called the 'city of rivers'. The damage to the city was worse. Several reinforced concrete buildings were all that were left; they were severely damaged and just empty shells. Ai-oi-bashi was a bridge close to the epicentre. All of its parapets fell off. The beautiful bridge was famous for its 'T' shape. The author's uncle and aunt were killed in the blast. Two hundred thousand citizens of Hiroshima would not have been victims if the war had ended nine days earlier. The uncle and aunt did not suffer an agonizing death because they were very near the epicentre and were killed almost instantly.

Keywords: Ai-oi-bashi; atomic bomb; city of rivers; Hiroshima; mushroom-shaped cloud



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