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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HIROSHIMA


I spent the day in Hiroshima, mostly at their Peace Memorial Park.  At one time this was about the center of the city, which got leveled by Little Boy (Uranium-235--Fat Man was Plutonium-239) on 6August1945, killing half the population, 160,000 (twice that of Nagasaki), mostly civilians, effectively ending World War II, as Japan surrendered on 15August1945.  The Park now adjoins the thriving metropolis of two million.  Note that modern building just behind the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was the only large structure to survive the blast and kept intact for obvious reasons as a stark symbol for peace.
























A statue of Sadako Sasaki stands on top of the Children's Peace Monument.  Click on:

A GREAT DAY IN NAGASAKI

to read about the Story of Sadako.

The Memorial Cenotaph (lists the names of those killed) carries the epitaph:

     Rest in Peace, for the error shall not be repeated.

The Dome can be seen in the background.














I laid Pearl's ashes at the Fountain of Prayer.  Hiroshima is from where her ancestors came, and she was just about to join several of her family to initiate a roots search.


Day 20 of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Catastrophe saw deaths exceed 11,000, with 240,000 remaining in 2,000 shelters.  There is a 20% chance that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake could strike before Sunday.  The Fukushima Daini power plant saw some smoke today, but this apparently was caused by a malfunction in an electrical control board.  However, people are beginning to doubt anything fed to them coming from Tokyo Electric Power Company.


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