Hell on earth

This week sees the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan on August 6, 1945.

30th July, 2005

This week sees the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan on August 6, 1945. In an extract from his new book, Shockwave: the Countdown to Hiroshima, author and film-maker Stephen Walker describes the immediate aftermath of the bomb.

Tom Ferebee had missed, but it made little difference. The impact was at once immediate and catastrophic. In the first billionth of a second, the temperature at the burst point...

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