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161216-0028 - Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

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Hiroshima Showa 1940s Unknown

US military archival photo of the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, ca. 1945 (Showa 20).

The building now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome.

Designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel, the building was completed in April 1915 (Taisho 4) and initially named the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition (HMI).

The 6 August 1945 (Showa 20) nuclear explosion that devastated Hiroshima found place almost directly above the building. Now an important Hiroshima Peace Memorial, it was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1996 (Heisei 8).

Warning: clear, but slightly out of focus.

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