2.5 The dropping of the atomic bomb

Many quatrains refer to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan during World War II. Nostradamus himself said that the he saw the dropping of the atomic bomb as such a horrible event that he could have written 1000 quatrains on that event alone. Three of them are
the following:

Pau, Verona, Vicenza, Saragossa,
swords dripping with blood from distant lands.
A very great plague will come with the great shell,
relief near, but the remedies far away. (III-75)

This quatrain refers to World War I and II. The place names named at the beginning refer to places that played key roles in World War I. The way the politics had become tangled up in Europe was what caused World War I and II. If World War I had not taken place, World War II would not have. The plague released by the «great shell» was the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. They had a «little bit of medical relief» there for the victims, but the «remedy»
had to be brought in by the United States which was
«far away».

There will be let loose living fire and hidden death,
fearful inside dreadful globes.
By night the city will be reduced to rubble by the fleet,
the city on fire, helpful to the enemy. (V-8)

The radiation from atomic bombs dropped on Japan burned like «living fire» but the people would not die right away like they would from regular fire, and they would have to live through the agony of it before dying. The «fleet» refers to the German planes flying over and bombing «the city» of London and «reducing it to rubble». The «fearful globes» were incendiary bombs. They wanted to provide some light to be able to find their targets. And so they would drop globes of explosive liquids that would ignite on contact,
to help provide light to aim their other destructive bombs by. That makes sense because they had blackouts during the Second World War.

A similar description is given by the following:

Fire the color of gold from the sky seen on Earth,
struck by the high born one, a marvelous happening.
Great slaughter of humanity; a nephew taken from the great one;
the death of the spectator, the proud one escapes. (ΙΙ-92)

The «nephew taken from the great one» is a young relative to the Emperor – «the proud one» -, who was not killed as the United States had the foresight not to drop any atomic bombs on Tokyo.