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Recently discovered photos: Hiroshima in 1946

Recently discovered photos: Hiroshima in 1946
Recently discovered photos: Hiroshima in 1946

August 7, 2017


New photos of post-bombing central Hiroshima discovered



HIROSHIMA -- Two color photos of an area within a 500-meter radius from the hypocenter of the Hiroshima atomic bombing taken sometime around the spring of 1946 have been found here.

The recently discovered photos capture areas surrounding the head office of what is now Hiroshima Gas Co., located approximately 210 meters south of the A-bomb hypocenter, and the then Japan Saving Bank Hiroshima Branch, about 430 meters south of the hypocenter. They are part of documents that were returned to Japan in and after 1973 by the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and are believed to have been taken by the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, which studied the power of atomic bombs.

While areas near the bomb's hypocenter remain devastated even about eight months after the bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, the photos depict the city's recovery from the catastrophe such as barracks built on scorched land.

Assistant professor Akiko Kubota at Hiroshima University's Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine discovered the photos that were not numbered or included in a list of A-bomb-related documents. They are believed to have been taken from the Hiroshima Fukoku-kan building, which was the tallest structure in the area at the time.

Kubota says she'll work on clearing issues regarding rights to the photos to have them released to the public.



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