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Today, 78 years ago, the atomic bomb on Nagasaki

It was the morning of August 9, 1945 when a B-29 plane changed history

The commemorations for the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki kick off today. The attack, carried out by the United States of America, took place three days after the attack on the Japanese urban center of Hiroshima. Two events that laid the foundations for starting the peace negotiations that ended the Second World War.

It was the morning of August 9, 1945. A Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" plane took off carrying an atomic bomb. Around 07:50 the first air alarms went off in Japan and shortly after 11:00 the bomber dropped the bomb. The objective was to hit the industrial area of the city, where there were factories that produced armaments. However, It missed the target. The bomb fell in the Urakami valley, thus saving a large part of the city, which was protected by the surrounding hills.

The atomic bomb, nicknamed "Fat Man", was a plutonium bomb weighing 4545 kilograms. It exploded at a height of 550 meters above the city and developed a power of 25 kilotons. The final toll of the explosion was a total of 80,000 people killed, including those who died immediately, the injured who lost their lives and the inhabitants who died in the following months due to exposure to radiation.

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