Hiroshima – 6 Aug 1945

Today, 69 years ago…..70,000 men, women and children died instantly, when an atomic bomb was dropped onto Hiroshima city, Japan.

Another 50,000 were similarly killed in Nagasaki city, 400km away, when another bomb was dropped 3 days later.

Hiroshima-ROC1-cropSimilar numbers of people died later and thousands more suffered from radiation-related illnesses for decades to come.

The above image was captured in 1975 at the Cenotaph at the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.  The Cenotaph & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum were designed by the eminent Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange.

“Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil”

… reads the epitaph under the Cenotaph.

The ruined building in the background was immediately under the hypercentre of the nuclear blast (580m above the ground).  It is now known as the A-Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Every 6th of August, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is held, with a one-minute silent prayer dedicated to the victims, at the 8:15am exact time of the dropping of the atomic bomb.

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