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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.

Takako Honda (female)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 10 years old at the time
At that horrible moment, I fainted. After a few minutes of blackness, I noticed many tatami mats sprinkled with broken pieces of glass scattered around me in the house. It was so terrible that I was mute.
Tatsuya Kawaguchi (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.1 km from the hypocenter / 9 years old at the time
I closed my eyes, covered my ears, and dropped to the ground when an odd flash of light suddenly appeared. My friend who lived next door died charred black.
Seiichiro Baba (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.4 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
My school, in the Urakami area, did not burn but was utterly demolished, and many of my classmates died in the factory where we worked when it was destroyed.
Hideko Furo (female)
'Chokubaku'  4.5 km from the hypocenter
We were Doing Student Labor at a Factory in Hamaguchi-machi [near Urakami]. Many of Our Friends and Many Mitsubishi Workers Died.
Kazuto Yoshida (male)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
How can we allow human beings to do this? How can we allow this to happen to human beings?
Isao Yoshida (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.9 km from the hypocenter / 4 years old at the time
The light seemed dim, as in the evening, though it was daytime. A cloud from the atomic bomb had spread over the city.
Kenjiro Ichihara (male)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 9 years old at the time
Charred human beings with eyes popped out were dying, groaning with pain. When I held out my hand for them, I felt the skin peel off their arms.
Susumu Nishiyama (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.5 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
Corpses' hands covering their eyes; children trying to cover their eyes from the flash when the bomb exploded. And then they were instantly fried black by some thousand degrees Celsius heat ray.
Masachika Sakai (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.6 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
So this was what it meant "to be reduced to ashes." I was able to see far beyond Urakami from Nagasaki Station.
Tomie Miura (female)
'Chokubaku'  / 14 years old at the time
The moment I thought, "Oh no, what do I do now?!" there was a flash of light along with an eerie sound. It felt like being inside a flame.