Sixty-eight years ago, on August 6th, 1945, an American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped Little Boy, the first atomic bomb ever used in war, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The devastation it caused in nearly impossible to fathom, but it’s estimated between 90,000 and 166,000 people were killed by the bomb.
English graphic designer Matthew Lucas assembled three infographics about Hiroshima. The first compiles all the events necessary to happen leading up to the dropping of the bomb — from the discovery of X-rays in 1895 to the first plutonium reprocessing in 1945. The second represents all the persons killed by the blast at their respective distance from the blast itself. The third traces bomb development sites around the world as they converge on Hiroshima.
Amazing the chain of events necessary to make something as awful as Hiroshima possible. You can see the other two infographics over at PopSci.