Hiroshima Day, Parishioners (教区民),
comes ’round again
the first use of nuclear power
in the destruction
and the Parishioners therein.
The radius of total destruction was about one mile (1.6 km), with resulting fires across 4.4 square miles (11 km2). Americans estimated that 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of the city were destroyed. Japanese officials determined that 69% of Hiroshima’s buildings were destroyed and another 6–7% damaged. 70,000 – 80,000 people, or some 30% of the population of Hiroshima were killed immediately, and another 70,000 injured.
A *lengthy* and revealing article and some video (c/Boing Boing)
THIS site has some *beautiful* photos!
When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a 2 km radius. One of the few buildings that remained standing afterwards has been preserved; known today as the A-Bomb Dome, it is a monument to the bomb’s dreadful power.
After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima’s historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.
These days, Parishioners,
Hiroshima is famous for,
among hoka no mono (他のもの, that’s Japanese, ‘Tish!),
(ironically, infamous bioaccumulators…)
and all my Japanese Parishioners.