Hiroshima: toen en nu

Het is vandaag precies 70 jaar geleden dat de Amerikanen een atoombom gooiden op de Japanse stad Hiroshima. De bom met de bijnaam ‘Little Boy’ doodde 140.000 van de 350.000 inwoners van de stad. Drie dagen later viel er een tweede bom, ‘Fat Man’, op Nagasaki.

Fotograaf Issei Kato verzamelde foto’s van de ruïnes van toen en legde die naast beelden van hoe het er nu uit ziet.

The gutted Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (C), which is currently called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, after the bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 6, 1945 and the same location near Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima in 2015

 

The etched shadow of a passerby that was imprinted on the road surface of Yorozuyo Bridge, due to the heat of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This location was 860 meters (2,822 ft) from the centre of the blast; the unshielded asphalt surface was scorched, while the areas that were shielded are a lighter colour

 

Local residents walking near Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima, after the atomic bombing in October 1945

 

The gutted Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, which is currently called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome, as people walk on Aioi Bridge

 

The shadows of railings that were imprinted on the road surface of Yorozuyo Bridge by the heat of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This location was 860 meters (2,822 ft) from the centre of the blast

 

The ruins of Nagasaki Medical College, destruction caused by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki . Three days after Hiroshima a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

 

The Urakami Cathedral which was destroyed in Nagasaki on 9 August

 

The south face of Urakami Cathedral, which was destroyed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on 9 August, 1945 and the rebuilt cathedral

 

The ruins of the Shiroyama National School, which was destroyed in Nagasaki

Bron(nen):   The Guardian