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On August 6th, 1945 at 8.15 a.m., an American Boeing B-29 Superfortress named Enola Gay opened its bomb bay doors and released an atomic bomb 31,060 feet (9,470 metres) above the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Forty-three seconds later the bomb reached its predetermined detonation height of 1,968 feet (600 metres), where it exploded with an energy equivalent to approximately 16 kilotons of TNT, causing unprecedented destruction and instantly killing an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 people (around 30% of the city’s population).

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