WORLD – Japan remembers atomic bomb
The Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States.
A ceremony there will observe a minute’s silence, followed by speeches by the Nagasaki mayor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
A cathedral that was destroyed by the bomb but later rebuilt is celebrating a remembrance Mass.
At least 70,000 people died in the attack, which came three days after another bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Nagasaki was only chosen because the original target, Kokura, was obscured by a cloud.
The effects were instant, and devastating, with the bomb destroying a third of the city, killing thousands instantly and condemning more to death from radiation sickness.
Days later, Japan surrendered, ending World War II, although the necessity of the two bombs has been debated ever since.