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IGCSE Science - Hiroshima: Extended Information

A guide to information resources on the Hiroshima bombing, 1945, for IGCSE Physics - compiled by your Librarians

Atomic bomb damage of Hiroshima


The following webpage gives statistics on the injuries and fatalities in Hiroshima when the bomb was dropped.

Ill health legacy of atomic bomb

This BBC webpage discusses research into the ill-health legacy of the Hiroshima bomb.

Atomic Bomb Dome

The intense heat of the Hiroshima bomb melted the copper roof and bent the supporting steel of, what was then called, the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall.  The five-story tall tower did however, survive remarkably intact.

The building has been preserved as a reminder of the devastation caused by the bombing.  It is now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム) and is one of the most famous monuments in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

This picture shows the building shortly after the bombing.

The dome is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Find out more about the Atomic Bomb Dome by clicking on the link below. 

The Why Files

This webpage, from the University of Wisconsin, looks at the effects of the bombing of Hiroshima and the science behine those effects.

Still feeling the fallout

Click the link below to watch a programme which was broadcast on July 31, 1960 about the effects of the Hiroshima bombing.

Everywhere, there are cranes. Hundreds of the folded origami paper birds are massed on strings in patients' rooms at Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Hospital, tokens of good luck for people who are sick and dying. Fifteen years after the bomb, increasing numbers of people are suffering from leukemia, or cancer of the blood. As CBC reporter Michael Maclear tours the hospital, he learns that between 40 and 50 people are still dying each year of complications from the atomic bomb.

Eyewitness account

Click below to access an eyewitness account by Father Johannes Siemes who saw the atomic bomb's detonation over the city on August 6 and he was directly involved in the post-bombing rescue.

View from the roof

October 1945 from the roof of the new Chugoku Shimbun building

(now, the Hiroshima Mitsukoshi Department Store area)

Photo by Shigeo Hayashi

This photograph can be found at the following website:

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

This bulletin from 1945 discusses the damage caused by the Hiroshima bomb.


It is thought between 2,000 and 6,500 children became orphans as a result of the Hiroshima bombing.

Source of photo: BBC News, 2008. In pictures: Hiroshima then and now. [Online] BBC Available at: pop_ups/05/asia_pac_hiroshima_then_and_now/html/6.stm [Accessed 22 February 2011].

Drawings by a survivor

This website includes pictures drawn by Tomiko Konishi who was a young girl when the bomb was dropped on Horoshima.  She drew these pictures at the age of 58 and they vividly show her memories of the bombing.