News24

Rare Hiroshima photo found

2013-01-09 16:00

Tokyo - A rare photo showing the mushroom cloud from the Hiroshima atomic bombing in two distinct parts, one above the other, has been discovered in the city, a museum curator said on Wednesday.

The black-and-white picture is believed to have been taken about half-an-hour after the bombing on 6 August 1945, around 10km east of the hypocentre.

"The existence of this shot was always known in history books, but this is the first time that the actual print has been discovered," said a curator at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

"A shot showing the mushroom cloud split into two like this is very rare."

The photo was found among articles related to the atomic bombing now owned by Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima city, she said.

The best-known pictures of the aftermath of the bombing were taken from the air by the US military.

An American B-29 bomber named Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb nicknamed "Little Boy", turning the western Japanese city into a nuclear inferno and killing an estimated 140 000 in the final chapter of World War II.

Three days later another atomic bomb - "Fat Man" - was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, claiming the lives of another 70 000.

Comments
  • henri.lombard - 2013-01-09 16:09

    Julius Malema and Jacob Zuma decided that they have to attend school. So they collected old books & sat under a tree pretending it was a school. The following day, Julius got there early & climbed the tree. Zuma came & saw Julius on top of the tree and says: Hey wena, what are u doing up there? Julius replied: Suka wena, I'm in high school now.

      annelise.venter.77 - 2013-01-09 16:27

      Now Julius is applying for a "branch manager" job.

      catgirl1971 - 2013-01-09 16:34

      Good joke even tho it has nothing to do with the story! :)

      frederick.nel - 2013-01-09 16:46

      lol

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-01-09 16:53

      ok..so zuma and julius are the mushroom cloud split into 2...julie above zuma, i see

  • mack.myburgh - 2013-01-09 16:14

    OK ........AND ?

      brian.exmachina - 2013-01-09 16:47

      Why do you get these moronic comments on every article these days? Why do you see the headline, click on it, read the entire article, and then sign in so you can add absolutely nothing. Choice is a wonderful thing, see you can choose to read whatever you want. Nobody forced you to click on this. Some of us, who are interested in history, enjoy this type of thing. Seriously, you're like those people who go and sit through an entire Casper de Vries show, knowing full well what to expect, just so you can write to Beeld about how super duper unhappy it made you afterwards.

      brian.exmachina - 2013-01-09 16:49

      Why do you get these idiotic comments on every article these days? Why do you see the headline, click on it, read the entire article, and then sign in so you can add absolutely nothing. Choice is a wonderful thing, see you can choose to read whatever you want. Nobody forced you to click on this. Some of us, who are interested in history, enjoy this type of thing. Seriously, you're like those people who go and sit through an entire Casper de Vries show, knowing full well what to expect, just so you can write to Beeld about how super duper unhappy it made you afterwards.

  • suerita.fortuin - 2013-01-09 17:18

    but this people ne!..funny thing is whenever the enola gay plain was featured in movies i could neva really figure out why she always stood out so..oh well,now i knw..LoL!

  • wreford.white.9 - 2013-01-09 17:48

    Zoolie, now I know you are lying. All the old school books were burnt. And the new ones never got there. BTW Brian, once is enough....

  • pages:
  • 1