Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Tsutomu Yamaguchi

The only person to survive both atomic bombings - Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Country: Japan

The Only Person to Survive Both Atomic Bombings - Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only person known to have survived both atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Yamaguchi was there on a business trip for the shipbuilding company he worked for. As a result of being in the blast zone, he suffered burns on the left side of his body. Hurrying to catch a train the next day to leave the city, Yamaguchi passed within two kilometers of the explosion's epicenter and was exposed to residual radiation.

Returning to his hometown of Nagasaki on the eve of August 9, Yamaguchi experienced another atomic bomb being dropped by the Americans on the city. In his search for his family on August 13, Yamaguchi found himself once again near the blast site, receiving another dose of radiation. Yamaguchi was the only person officially recognized by the Japanese government to have been present in both cities during the atomic bombings.

According to official records, the atomic bombings and their aftermath resulted in the deaths of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 people in Nagasaki.