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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.

Fukiko Hirayama (female)
'Chokubaku'  8.1 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
There was a blinding flash of light and a deafening sound, and I could see nothing―nothing at all around the fishing boats.
Mariko Iida (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
They were virtually naked, with their clothes mostly having been burned. Without any medical help, they breathed their last right in front of me and beside me.
Hiroo Kawakami (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.7 km from the hypocenter / 12 years old at the time
From what I remember, it seemed to last for more than ten seconds. A "powerful irradiation from the universe" may be more appropriate to describe its brightness, rather than just a "flash."
Meikichi Nagayama (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.3 km from the hypocenter / 2 years old at the time
When the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, my father disappeared without leaving a trace. My mother had to accept that reality, and luckily for me, she had taken me into the house the moment the bomb was dropped and therefore I don't suffer from radiation sickness.
Makoto Yoshishige (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.6 km from the hypocenter / 1 years old at the time
One after another, people came fleeing barefoot, barely able to whimper, their skin melted together with their clothes
Zenichi Kido (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.2 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
When I recall the horrible cruel reality of all the dead bodies, I feel an emptiness in humanity and have great sympathy for the hibakusha, the survivors of the A-bomb.
Mitsuyo Kitao (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
The moment I looked up at the sky my eyes were pierced by a blinding flash. I instinctively jumped into the gutter at the side of the road, just as the explosion sounded.
Akito Kubota (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.2 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
The fires continued through the night at the hypocenter, and the sounds of cans exploding in a warehouse near Nagasaki Station went on until the next day.
Hiroshi Nishioka (male)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
Everyone running away from the hypocenter thought the bomb had dropped close to them. Yet, there was no fire or even smoke around the hypocenter.