2017年08月19日

The dropping of the world's first atomic bomb on Hirosima brought the devastating destruction in the heart of the city though, a few strong buildings survived.

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The first atomic bomb in human history violently exploded 600 meters high over the downtown of Hiroshima in August 1945. Just one bomb killed 160,000 innocent people in 6 months. All the buildings, within a 500 meter radius from the ground zero, were destroyed and reduced to ashes in a moment by the vehement blast and incandescent heat ray reaching 3,000-4,000 degrees Celsius. Strictly speaking, however, a few strong ferroconcrete buildings fortunately survived the bomb. The first picture shows 'Rest House of Hiroshima Peace Park', which is currently used as a tourist information office and rest station. This building had been originally built as a 'Kimono fabrics shop', then was converted into the office of 'Fuel Distribution Association' during the second World War. All the 37 people , working in this building at the very moment, were killed except for just one who fortunately was on the basement floor. The second picture shows the former building of Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch. This building is used now to display the photos and materials relating to the A-bomb victims and the traces of damage. Lots of damage caused by the A-bomb are still found everywhere inside this building.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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