Science: Inventory of Holocaust

A devastating study of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The event has become both part of history and a haunting vision of what the end of the world may be. On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after 8 o'clock, a U.S. B-29 flew high over Hiroshima, a small industrial city (pop. 350,000) in southern Japan. Seconds later the entire landscape was lit by a blue white flash that quickly turned into a giant fireball accompanied by powerful shock waves. Death and destruction spread for miles around. Three days later, there was a similar attack...

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