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Survivors on Nagasaki Prefectural Road

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Survivors of the atomic attack move along the prefectural road away from the Urakami District towards Nagasaki Station, about one mile (2.2 kilometers) from the hypocenter, Near Yachiyo-machi District. Note streetcar tracks and wreckage of the branch office of the Saibu Gas Company Limited in the background. Army photographer Yosuke Yamahata followed the road into Nagasaki. He later wrote, “A warm wind began to blow. Here and there in the distance, I saw small fires, like elf-fires, smoldering: Nagasaki had already been completely destroyed. Jun Higashi, a writer, and painter Eiji Yamada and I progressed quickly along the prefectural road that ran down the middle of the plain. Stepping carefully in spite of our hurry, we nearly tripped on the human and animal corpses lying in our path.“
Image Filename wwii1306.jpg
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Image Dimensions 2946 x 2015
Photographer Yamahata, Yosuke
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed August 10, 1945
Location Near Yachiyo Cho
City Nagasaki
State or Province Nagasaki Prefecture
Country Japan
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC Used by Permission of Shogo Yamahata

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