BY THE NUMBERS: The atomic bombing of Nagasaki

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Posted: Aug 09, 2015 1:10 AM
BY THE NUMBERS: The atomic bombing of Nagasaki

The Japanese city of Nagasaki marked Sunday the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II. Here's a look, by the numbers, at that day 70 years ago in Nagasaki:

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240,000: Population of Nagasaki before the bombing.

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74,000: Estimated death toll including those who died from radiation-related injuries and illness through Dec. 31, 1945.

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435,000: Population of Nagasaki today.

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31,500: Height in feet (9,600 meters) from which a B-29 dropped the "Fat Man" bomb.

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1,640: Height in feet (500 meters) at which it exploded above a tennis court, about 30 seconds after it was dropped.

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10,000: Approximate weight in pounds (about 4.5 metric tons) of the "Fat Man" bomb.

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52,500: Height in feet (16,000 meters) of the mushroom cloud in Nagasaki.

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70: Percent of Nagasaki that was destroyed.

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20: Minutes after the bomb exploded that a "black rain" of highly radioactive particles started falling.

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4 to 5: How many times higher the incidence of leukemia is among those exposed to radiation in Hiroshima or Nagasaki than in the general population.

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8,500: Still-living people diagnosed with "atomic bomb syndrome," or illnesses definitively linked to radiation exposure in Hiroshima or Nagasaki, out of 170,000 who have developed cancers, liver and blood disorders and other health problems.

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Sources: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.