At the city center near where the bomb exploded, only the skeletons of three concrete buildings were still standing. It was being said, he reported, that Hiroshima might remain uninhabitable for 75 years.
How long did it take for Hiroshima to become safe?
The restoration process took approximately two years and the citys population, which had dwindled to about eighty thousand after the bombing, doubled in a short time.
How long did it take to clean up Hiroshima?
It is hard to comprehend what the immediate aftermath must have been like in Hiroshima. There were the grim tasks of collecting the bodies and burning them, of clearing the rubble and debris. In all, 2.4 million sq. mi. had to be cleared and surveyed—a painstaking process that took four years.
How did Hiroshima recover so quickly?
Hiroshima had been completely destroyed by the A-bomb, but gradually electricity, transportation, and other functions were restored. The people collected any unburned materials they could find and began rebuilding their homes and their lives.