Nagasaki, Before and After
Nagasaki, a major seaport and industrial center in southern Japan, was the second and final target of a nuclear weapon.
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On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, destroying parts of the city. The city of Hiroshima had been bombed three days earlier. Japan surrendered in mid August (sources cite August 14 or August 15). Soon after, on September 2, World War II officially ended.
The bombs dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, and Nagasaki remain the only nuclear weapons ever used in warfare. Because of their ability to inflict mass destruction, and despite the proliferation of nuclear weaponry that followed World War II, many treaties have been signed to curtail their use and distribution.
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(1939-1945) armed conflict between the Allies (represented by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis (represented by Germany, Italy, and Japan.)