In the eight decades since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — killing tens of thousands in seconds; dooming tens of thousands more to death by injury and radiation poisoning; and effectively ending the Second World War — the world has not known a day without the threat of a nuclear holocaust. The destructive power of just one of today's thermonuclear weapons is, of course, hundreds of times that of a Hiroshima or Nagasaki bomb. But in August 1945, no one outside of a few theoretical physicists had ever conceived of a bomb capable of annihilating an entire city. Here, on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing on August 6, 1945, photos from the dawn of the Atomic Age. [Pictured: Hiroshima, Japan, after the atomic blast. NOTE: Some of the photos below are graphic, and disturbing.]Historical/Corbis via Getty Images DEATH FROM ABOVE Prisma by Dukas/UIG via Getty Images THE ENOLA GAY
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