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UK: Londoners commemorate 70 years since Hiroshima  Nagasaki bombings01:31

UK: Londoners commemorate 70 years since Hiroshima Nagasaki bombings

United Kingdom, London
August 8, 2015 at 03:46 GMT +00:00 · Published

The victims of Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings carried out by the United States were commemorated in London's Victoria Park, Saturday, a day after the 70th anniversary of the bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.

Activists from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Green Party, alongside representatives of the local Japanese community, held a minute of silence for the victims and laid flowers beneath a commemorative cherry tree that was planted 30 years ago.

At least 60,000 people were killed in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a further 40,000 were killed in Nagasaki three days later on August 9, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on both Japanese cities. Tens of thousands of additional deaths were caused by the latent effects of the bombings, such as radiation sickness. By the end of 1945 the total death in Hiroshima alone was estimated at 140,000.

The twin bombings were the first and last time nuclear weapons were used as weapons of war.

UK: Londoners commemorate 70 years since Hiroshima  Nagasaki bombings01:31
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The victims of Japan's Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings carried out by the United States were commemorated in London's Victoria Park, Saturday, a day after the 70th anniversary of the bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.

Activists from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Green Party, alongside representatives of the local Japanese community, held a minute of silence for the victims and laid flowers beneath a commemorative cherry tree that was planted 30 years ago.

At least 60,000 people were killed in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a further 40,000 were killed in Nagasaki three days later on August 9, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on both Japanese cities. Tens of thousands of additional deaths were caused by the latent effects of the bombings, such as radiation sickness. By the end of 1945 the total death in Hiroshima alone was estimated at 140,000.

The twin bombings were the first and last time nuclear weapons were used as weapons of war.

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