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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Genbaku Dome, was almost completely destroyed by the heat waves and blast wind of the atomic bomb dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. It was one of the only structures left standing near the hypocenter of the explosion. 

An exact figure of casualties of the bomb is unknowable, but it is estimated that it’s as many as 140,000 by the end of 1945. More later died of health conditions related to irradiation.

Now preserved as a ruin, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial stands today as a symbol of both the destructive power that humankind wields and a message for the necessity of nuclear abolition and global peace. —Prepared by the World Tribune staff

September 8, 2023, World Tribune, p. 12

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