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Just before 5:30 AM on July 16, 1945, the Atomic Age began when a plutonium bomb, code-named Gadget, was detonated 60 miles northwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico, by the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Three weeks later, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 people and effectively knocking Japan out of World War II. Today, there are approximately 13,000 nuclear weapons—most of them significantly more powerful than these early devices—in the arsenals of the world's declared nuclear powers.
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