Thousands of people floated lanterns on the Motoyasu River in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park on Monday, marking the 73rd anniversary of the US dropping the atomic bomb on the city. Locals and visitors alike wrote messages for a peaceful future on paper lanterns before floating them along the river, in accordance with traditional Japanese customs to honour the deceased. The atomic bomb was... Еще dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 in what became the closing days of World War II, and marked the first time a nuclear device had ever been used in war. Over 20,000 Japanese soldiers and around 140,000 civilians were killed in the Hiroshima bombing, which was conducted in concurrence with a second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, where the death toll is estimated to be around 74,000. Many died immediately while others succumbed to injuries or passed-away due to radiation-related illnesses weeks, months and years later.