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Messages from Nagasaki

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Hisao Matsuo (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.1 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
I was running around trying to grasp the meaning of this tragedy when I stepped on a nail with my left foot. I hadn't noticed until then that I was barefoot.
Masakatsu Obata (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 27 years old at the time
The fires that broke out spread all over in no time, people ran helter-skelter to escape.
Shizuko Miura (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
The flash went through the roof between the cracked slate tiles and reached me. Crouching down, I tried to dodge the debris, but the ubiquitous pieces of roof tiles cascaded painfully down on my neck and back.
Isamu Inoue (male)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
"Their faces were like roasted black Berkshire pigs. You couldn't tell if they were men or women. Their eyes had merged into a thin line on their faces and their hands had swollen so they looked like black baseball gloves."
Ryuzo Nakano (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
Soon fires broke out everywhere. A woman, who was stuck under the rubble, was burnt to death while screaming for help.
Yasunobu Uchida (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.4 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
The U.S. Forces told us, "We are using this hospital, so you Japanese have to get out. "Therefore we were forced to leave.
Shizuko Osajima (female)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
The scene outside looks like a bleak and strange town painted in Indian ink, through which I can not find my way.
Anonymous (male)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
The black body was placed on the stretcher for lifting it up, but was dropped because of its heavy weight. "Ouch!" it yelled out.
Echiyo Fukagata (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 11 years old at the time
Father told me that if I wanted to see what people became after they died, then I could have a look, but at that time I couldn't bring myself to look at the skull.
Kunio Hamada (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 9 years old at the time
…I remember how my grandmother was crushed under a destroyed house. Nobody could rescue her, and she burned alive in that hellfire.