Rice bowl from Hiroshima, 1945.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Rice bowl from Hiroshima, 1945.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


This rice bowl shows the effects of a nuclear explosion. Heat generated by the atomic explosion caused soil to be fused to the bowl. The Japanese city of Hiroshima was bombed by the American air force on 6 August 1945. The explosion killed 80,000 people immediately, and another 60,000 died within a year from radiation sicknes. The potential of nuclear fision to create a bomb had been investigated since the 1930s.

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