A rare photo showing the mushroom cloud from the Hiroshima atomic bombing in two distinct parts, one above the other, has been discovered in the city, a museum curator said Wednesday.
The black-and-white picture is believed to have been taken about half-an-hour after the bombing on August 6, 1945, around 10 kilometers (six miles) east of the epicenter.
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"The existence of this shot was always known in history books, but this is the first time that the actual print has been discovered," said a curator at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. "A shot showing the mushroom cloud split into two like this is very rare."
Rare photo (Photo: AFP)
Photo of Hiroshima bomb taken by US military (Photo: AP)
The photo was found among articles related to the atomic bombing now owned by Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima city, she said. The best-known pictures of the aftermath of the bombing were taken from the air by the US military.
An American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb nicknamed "Little Boy," turning the western Japanese city into a nuclear inferno and killing an estimated 140,000 in the final chapter of World War II. Three days later another atomic bomb - "Fat Man" - was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, claiming the lives of another 70,000.
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