Hiroshima/ Map of atomic bomb damage status


Atomic Bomb Damage Status of Hiroshima 1945

Source: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Redniss, Lauren. (2010)

Aerial Photo of Before and After of Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima in 1945
Aerial Photo of Before and After of Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima in 1945

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.


1 Comment on “Hiroshima/ Map of atomic bomb damage status

  1. I had seen a documentary about the dark history after the explosion of atomic bomb in Hiroshima. All the people who survive from the catastrophe have been accompanied by nightmare until death.
    Hiroshima is such a unique city that it survived from its darkest period and then gradually goes back to peace. Different cities have different stamps. Some are in the history of the city, like a world-shaking event or previous historical heritages; some are visible marks of particular landscape; some are up to the political economical or cultural status of the city at present. The stamp of Hiroshima is inhumane and it gives Hiroshima a distinctive meaning in human history.

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