Ahmedabad. 6 August 2022, Saturday
On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Because of this, an unimaginable and terrible destruction was created in an area of 13 square kilometers in Hiroshima.
Sixty-seven cities in Japan were bombarded with intensive strategic fireballs for six consecutive months.
The event killed 22,000 people instantly, and during the first two to four months after the bomb was dropped, an estimated 90,000–166,000 people died in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki as a direct result. An area of 3 square miles where the bomb fell was completely destroyed.
First journalist to witness the devastation of Hiroshima
On the other hand, 37-year-old local journalist Satoshi Nakamura was lucky enough to spend the night with a friend not far from Hiroshima that day. When the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, Satoshi Nakamura fell to the ground and his face was injured by broken glass. He picked up his bicycle and proceeded towards Hiroshima.
He was the first journalist to witness the destruction of Hiroshima. He ordered the first dispatch dictated to the Okayama office of Domi News Agency, ‘At 8:16 am two enemy planes dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima. Hiroshima has been completely destroyed and about 1 lakh 70 thousand people have lost their lives due to this attack.
When Domi’s bureau chief heard this, he told Nakamura that it could not be true that one bomb had killed so many people in Hiroshima. He asked the journalist to change his casualty report as the army refused to accept it. Nakamura shouted down the telephone line, ‘Sena is stupid.’
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