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The building still standing in the background is the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, now preserved as the Atomic Bomb Dome.
WHAT REMAINED

The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, seen from the air

By Johnny Simon

It was 73 years ago today (Aug. 6) that the Enola Gay, a US military B-29 Superfortress, dropped a nuclear bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing tens of thousands instantly. Many more died in the ensuing days and months.

The first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare was repeated by the US three days later on Aug. 9, 1945 in Nagasaki. Japan would surrender on Aug. 15.

Photos taken from the air and from high elevations in the days immediately after the bombings show the total and indiscriminate scope of the destruction:

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An aerial view of Hiroshima, one month after the city was bombed.
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Hiroshima Castle, which dated back to the late 16th century.
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A few steel and concrete buildings and bridges stand intact in Hiroshima, seen on Sept 5.
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Hiroshima on Sept. 3 from the top of a building.
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The remains of a factory in Nagasaki, gutted by the Aug. 9 atomic bombing.
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Hiroshima, seen in April 1946.
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The shell of a building amid acres of rubble Hiroshima, seen on Aug. 8.
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A few buildings still stand along the water in Nagasaki.
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The skeleton of a Catholic church in Hiroshima, Sept. 5.
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A wide view of Hiroshima from the air.
AP Photo/Max Desfor
The flattened, rubble-filled landscape of Hiroshima, Sept. 5.
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More than 100,000 are estimated to have died within months after Hiroshima was struck.
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A handful of buildings still standing in Hiroshima.
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A view of the Ota River in Hiroshima, and the surrounding destruction.
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The devastation in Nagasaki.