Hiroshima/ Map of atomic bomb damage status
Source: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Redniss, Lauren. (2010)
Photo by: Kingendai Photo Library/AFLO
Geographically, Hiroshima is located on a broad and flat delta of the Ota River. The city is divided into 6 islands by 7 channels outlets which projects into Hiroshima bay. Hiroshima is almost entirely flat and it is just slightly above the sea level. One of the reasons why Hiroshima was chosen as the bombing site was due to it’s flat topography, so that the aftereffects could be easily assessed.
What was once a city was wiped clear in a day. The “blank paper” was a significant starting point of Hiroshima city. The function of the city as a military base was entirely cleared and the drive of the city towards a peace city was developed over time. The direction of making Hiroshima city a peace symbol led the start of urban planning of the peace memorial park.