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PARTING SHOT

‘The Sun, 570 Meters, Hiroshima’ Takashi Arai, 2014

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AT 8:15 ON THE MORNING of August 6, 1945, an American B-29 detonated an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing 80,000 people. Some evaporated on the spot, leaving their shadows scorched into buildings. Survivors described a light of impossible magnitude: “I saw a tiny, glittering white object,” said one, “about the size of a grain of rice, which soon grew into a monstrous fireball.” Another spoke of its terrible afterimage: “I still hate to see the glow of the setting sun,” she said. “It reminds me of that day and brings pain to my heart.”

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