70 years after the atomic bombs

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing about 140,000 out of the 350,000 who lived in the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The 70th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack was marked this week and Reuters photographer Issei Kato sourced archive images of the cities in the aftermath of the bombing and revisited the same locations today. People gathered this week to mourn the attacks that killed more than 200,000 in Japan.
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An elderly Hiroshima resident lights a candle of her grand daughter's paper lantern to prepare for a lantern procession to comfort souls of victims killed by the atomic bombing in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Peace Park, in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 5. (Kimimiasa Mayama/EPA)
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A mushroom cloud of the atomic bomb dropped by B-29 bomber Enola Gay over the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The US B-29 Superfortress bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb codenamed 'Little Boy' on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing tens of thousands of people in seconds. (US Army/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum/AFP/Getty Images)
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People walk on the Aioi bridge in front of the gutted Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (L), which is currently called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, in October 1945 (top), and the same location on July 28, 2015. (Top: Shigeo Hayash/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Bottom:Issei Kato/Reuters)
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The gutted Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (C) on August 20, 1945 (top), and the same location on July 28, 2015. (TOP:Masami Oki/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, BOTTOM: Issei Kato/Reuters)
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The etched shadow of a passerby that was imprinted on the road surface of Yorozuyo Bridge, due to the heat of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, between October and November 1945 (top), and the same location on July 29, 2015. This location was 860 meters (2,822 ft) from the centre of the blast; the unshielded asphalt surface was scorched, while the areas that were shielded are a lighter color. (TOP: US Army/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, BOTTOM:Issei Kato/Reuters)
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Local residents walking near Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima in October 1945 (top), and the same location on July 28, 2015. (Top: Shigeo Hayash/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Bottom:Issei Kato/Reuters)
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The shadows of railings that were imprinted on the road surface of Yorozuyo Bridge by the heat of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (top), and the same location on July 29, 2015. This location was 860 meters (2,822 ft) from the centre of the blast, the unshielded asphalt surface was scorched, while the areas that were shielded by the railing are a lighter color. (TOP: US Army/Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, BOTTOM:Issei Kato/Reuters)
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The destruction from the explosion of an atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. (Assoicated Press)
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A view of the mushroom cloud photographed from the ground of the August 9, 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japani, killing more than 73,000 people. ( Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum)
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The ruins of Nagasaki Medical College, destruction caused by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 in this undated photo (top) and the same location in Nagasaki, Japan July 31, 2015. (TOP:Torahiko Ogawa/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, BOTTOM: Issei Kato/Reuters)
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The Urakami Cathedral (C), which was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (top), and the rebuilt cathedral in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, on July 31, 2015. (TOP: Shigeo Hayashi/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, BOTTOM:Issei Kato/Retuers)
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The ruins of the Shiroyama National School (above C), which was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 (top), and the same location in Nagasaki, Japan on July 31, 2015. (TOP: Shigeo Hayashi/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, BOTTOM:Issei Kato/Retuers)
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The south face of Urakami Cathedral, which was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasak, in this undated photo (top) and the rebuilt cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan July 31, 2015. (TOP:Hisashi Ishida/ Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, BOTTOM:Issei Kato/Reuters)
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A girl prays after releasing a paper lantern on the Motoyasu river facing the Atomic Bomb Dome in remembrance of atomic bomb victims on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, August 6. (Toru Hanai /Reuters)
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Members of the police force walk through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 5, in Hiroshima, Japan. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Doves fly over the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in western Japan on August 6, during a memorial ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)
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People offer prayers for victims of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bombing, in front of a cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Peace Park, early morning August 6. (Kimimiasa Mayama/EPA)
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An Indian student wears a mask with a placard carrying slogans for peace as he and others take part in a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)
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People wait to float candle lit lanterns to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 6. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Players from the Japanese professional baseball team Hiroshima Carp wear the number 86 to remember the month and day 70 years ago when an atomic bomb devastated the city, as they offer prayers for bomb victims before a game in Hiroshima on August 6. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman carrying a parasol, prays for victims of the 1945 atomic bombing in front of the Peace Statue in Nagasaki's Peace Park in Nagasaki, August 7 ahead of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. (Toru Hanai /Reuters)
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A woman reacts after praying for victims in front of the cenotaph for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima August 6, on the 70th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing. (Toru Hanai /Reuters)
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