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Hiroshima for Global Peace

Nuclear Weapons by FiguresNuclear Weapons by Figures

On August 6, 1945, one atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. One bomb killed many citizens and destroyed a city. Even now, a-bomb survivors suffered from the after effect of radiation. In terms of figures, we would like to learn about the damage by nuclear weapons and present issues.


On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb – the first nuclear weapon used in human history – was dropped on Hiroshima. The scorching flash and blast waves released by the bomb instantly destroyed the city, took many previous lives, left countless people injured and still continue to hart for 75 years those who survived.

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It is said that around 140,000 people (roughly 40% of the population of Hiroshima city) died within the year of the bombing (1945). 70,147 roughly 92% of all the buildings were destroyed or burnt. Also, excluding mountains, forests and unused fields, 40% of the usable land area of the city was reduced to ashes. Like this, the damage by a single nuclear weapon is enormous.

According to the estimates produced by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), around 14,000 nuclear weapons still exist on the earth. Although the approximately 8,700 nuclear weapons that were eliminated between 2010 and 2019. The pace of reduction has been slowing. Moreover, the risk of using nuclear weapons is considered to increase due to low-yield nuclear weapons and modernization of nuclear weapons.

As of December 2019, eight countries have declared that they have nuclear weapons. China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are nuclear-weapons states defined by the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty). The three other countries are India, Pakistan and North Korea. India and Pakistan have never been parties to the NPT. North Korea declared withdrawal from the NPT in 1993 and 2003. Moreover, Israel has maintained a policy of “nuclear ambiguity “ by neither confirming nor denying having nuclear weapons, although it is widely considered that it has them

One atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killed 140,000 people by the end of December, 1945 and destroyed the city. Now, 8 countries (9 countries if Israel is including) Nuclear Weapons are not only issues of Hiroshima and Nagasaki but threat human lives even today. Please learn the reality toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.

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