Hiroshima - 60 Years On
The Genbaku A-Bomb dome (formerly the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Building) in Hiroshima, one of just a handful of buildings that remained partially standing when the atomic bomb exploded 2000 feet above it at 8:15am 6 August 1945.
60 years on the dome remains almost exactly as it did after the explosion. It is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site reminding us of the horrors of atomic warfare as well as expressing hope for world peace.
It is thought that as many as 200,000 people could have died as a result of the world's first atomic bombing. The bomb that destroyed Hiroshima was a 15 kiloton device (equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT), modern atomic weapons can easily yield 10 megaton explosions (10,000,000 tons of TNT equivalent). The people of Hiroshima hope that their sacrafice will be sufficient to prevent these weapons ever being used again.