The Death Toll Of The Hiroshima BombingBy BenOni | February 23, 2023
This number included both people who died instantly and those who succumbed to injuries or radiation poisoning in the days and weeks after the attack.
The number of people killed by the bomb has been revised downward over the years as historians have gained a better understanding of the effects of the bomb and the demographics of the city at the time. The most recent estimate, from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pegs the death toll at 70,000 to 80,000 people.
The vast majority of those who died were civilians. Of the total number of casualties, it is estimated that only about 1,000 were soldiers.
The vast majority of the people who were killed by the bomb were Japanese. But there were also a small number of Koreans and a handful of Americans who died in the attack.
The death toll from the Hiroshima bomb has been the subject of much debate and revision over the years. But there is no doubt that it was a catastrophic event that killed tens of thousands of people.
However, recent research has put the figure closer to 150,000. This number includes not only those who died on the day of the bombing, but also those who succumbed to injuries and radiation sickness in the months and years afterwards.
The vast majority of those who died were civilians, with around 70% being women and children. In total, around 20,000 Japanese soldiers also lost their lives.
The devastation caused by the atomic bomb was unlike anything that had been seen before. Large areas of the city were flattened, with buildings and people reduced to ashes.
In the aftermath of the bombing, many survivors were left with severe burns and injuries. Many also suffered from radiation sickness, which caused vomiting, diarrhoea and hair loss.
The atomic bomb changed the course of the Second World War and ushered in the nuclear age. The devastation caused by the bomb also showed the world the true horror of war.