In pictures: Hiroshima pays respects on 75th anniversary of bombing

Hiroshima has fallen silent to remember victims of the atomic bombing.

The city was a major Japanese military hub with factories, military bases and ammunition facilities in the Second World War and the uranium bomb killed around 140,000 people and hastened Japan’s surrender.

Survivors, politicians and others took part in a ceremony to remember the tragedy of August 6 1945 when the US struck the city in western Japan.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowed in front of Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowed in front of Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Visitors observed a minute of silence for the victims of the atomic bombing, at 8.15am (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
Visitors observed a minute of silence for the victims of the atomic bombing, at 8.15am (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Kazumi Matsui, right, mayor of Hiroshima, and the family of the deceased bow before they place the victims list of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph during the ceremony (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
Kazumi Matsui, right, mayor of Hiroshima, and the family of the deceased bow before they place the victims list of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph during the ceremony (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>The families of the deceased offered flowers to Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
The families of the deceased offered flowers to Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was at the commemoration (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was at the commemoration (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Mr Abe bowed to the families of the victims (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
Mr Abe bowed to the families of the victims (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Visitors observed a minute of silence for the victims of the atomic bombing (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
Visitors observed a minute of silence for the victims of the atomic bombing (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>The four-ton bomb was dropped from a B-29 bomber and exploded at 8.15am. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
The four-ton bomb was dropped from a B-29 bomber and exploded at 8.15am. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Workers prepared wreaths for the atomic bombing victims (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
Workers prepared wreaths for the atomic bombing victims (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>While a visitor lit a candle in front of the cenotaph for the atomic bombing victims before the start of the ceremony (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)</figcaption>
While a visitor lit a candle in front of the cenotaph for the atomic bombing victims before the start of the ceremony (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)