Kacie Yamamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Seventy-four years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended World War II, calls for world peace and the preservation of humanity were front and center at anniversary commemorations in Honolulu and in cities around the world for both bombings. Approximately 140,000 people were killed on August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, an estimated 70,000 more were killed in the bombing of Nagasaki. The attacks were the world’s first use of atomic warfare and led to Japan’s surrender just days later. Beyond that, however, they would provide the only tangible evidence of the devastation of atomic warfare.

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