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dateline: 11 August 2015

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70 Years After Nagasaki Bombing

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • atomic bomb: a weapon that causes massive destruction by quickly releasing nuclear energy
  • memorial: in memory of a sad event or death
  • toll: to ring slowly
  • surrender: the action of giving up a fight

70 Years After Nagasaki Bombing

August 9th marked 70 years since the US dropped an on Nagasaki, Japan. The city held a special memorial service on the anniversary. The bell tolled at to mark the exact moment the bomb fell. The atomic bomb destroyed the city of Nagasaki and killed over 70,000 people. This second bomb, which fell three days after the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, ended . Japan’s official surrender took place six days later on August 15th, 1945. The average age of Nagasaki’s surviving is 80 years old.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What historic anniversary took place on August 9, 2015?
  2. What was the approximate death count of the Nagasaki bomb?
  3. What is the average age of a Nagasaki survivor?

Discussion Questions: Japan’s government is currently reconsidering its post-war constitution. The constitution only allows Japan to have a military for self-defence. How do you think the survivors of Nagasaki (hibakusha) feel about the possibility of loosened military restrictions?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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