Thursday, August 6, 2009


Again, I don't know why this popped into my head, but this afternoon I was compelled to search for images of the shadows created when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. I found the photograph at the top. It shows the shadow left by a man who was sitting on the steps of the Sumitomo Bank, presumably waiting for it to open, when he was incinerated instantly as the bomb hit just 260M away. The mark was visible on the steps for 10 years, at which time the building was renovated and they were donated to the Peace Memorial Museum. The second photo shows the bank in the distance on the right after the blast. I then went to Wikipedia to see when the bombs were dropped. We bombed Hiroshima 64 years ago today, killing an estimated 70,000 people immediately. Another 40,ooo died three days later, when we dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, and an additional 100,000 were dead by the end of that year.

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