On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. After another atomic attack three days later on Nagasaki, Japan surrendered, bringing World War II to an end.

Hiroshima was able to rebuild, however, and stands today as a modern metropolis, as well as a monument to Japan's postwar identity as a nation dedicated to peace.

Here is a look at what the scarred landscape of Hiroshima looked like after the bombing, and what it has become today.

Devastated City

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A file picture dated 1945 shows the devastated city of Hiroshima after the first atomic bomb was dropped. The U.S. atomic attacks killed 140,000 people in Hiroshima, either instantly or later through the horrific effects of burns from the white-hot nuclear blast and radiation sickness.

The Peace Park

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A general view of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 5, 2015 in Hiroshima, Japan. After the city recovered from the atomic bombing, a memorial was constructed near the center of the plast point, including a museum and a number of monuments.

A City Wiped Clean

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A file photo dated 1945 of the devastated city of Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped.

Atomic Dome

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The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall is seen right after the atomic bombing in 1945, near the center of the blast. After the war the building was preserved and turned into the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as "Genbaku Dome."

Blasted Train Cars

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A view of a tram car destroyed after the nuclear blast in 1945; a tram car on May 26, 2016.

Teikoku Bank

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Teikoku Bank following the bombing in August 1945 and the building's current status as a bakery in 2016.


The Trees of Hiroshima Castle

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This digital composite shows the trees near the Hiroshima Castle right after the atomic bombing and on May 26, 2016. The same trees still stand today, burnt but able to regrow.

Inaribashi Bridge

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The Inaribashi Bridge right after the atomic bombing in 1945 and the same bridge of May 26, 2016.

Hiroshima Station

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Hiroshima Station is seen right after the atomic bombing in August, 1945 and on May 26, 2016, rebuilt and modernized.

Hiroshima From The Sky

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Hiroshima is seen from the sky after the atomic bombing in 1945.

The Modern City of Hiroshima

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A high view of the rebuilt Hiroshima is seen during the morning in 2016.

Hiroshima at Night

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A high view of the of Hiroshima is seen at night in 2016.