A Tale of Three Cities though Thousands of Miles Apart (PART 1 of 2)

A Tale of Three Cities though Thousands of Miles Apart (PART 1 of 2)

HIROSHIMA August 6, 1945

– At 8:15 a.m., The Enola Gay bombed Hiroshima Japan (Images below).

Nicknamed Little Boy, the first atomic (uranium) bomb was dropped at 0815 August 6 1945 on Hiroshima City Japan. Photography courtesy of U S Army.
Nicknamed Little Boy, the first atomic (uranium) bomb was dropped at 0815 August 6 1945 on Hiroshima City Japan. Photography courtesy of U S Army.
Shortly after 8:15 am, August 5, 1945, looking down on the rising smoke from the atomic explosion above the city of Hiroshima from one of two U.S. Air Force bombers from the 509th Composite Group. By the time this photo was taken, the flash of light and intense heat from a fireball 370 m (1,200 ft) diameter had already taken place, and an intense shockwave radiating out faster than the speed of sound was dissipating, having done most of its damage to ground structures and people in a circle 3.2 km (2 mi) in diameter. (U.S. National Archives)
Shortly after 8:15 am, August 5, 1945, looking down on the rising smoke from the atomic explosion above the city of Hiroshima from one of two U.S. Air Force bombers from the 509th Composite Group. By the time this photo was taken, the flash of light and intense heat from a fireball 370 m (1,200 ft) diameter had already taken place, and an intense shockwave radiating out faster than the speed of sound was dissipating, having done most of its damage to ground structures and people in a circle 3.2 km (2 mi) in diameter. (U.S. National Archives)
Hiroshima Bomb Damage of Okita Iron Works November 7 1945 (U S National Archives).
Hiroshima Bomb Damage of Okita Iron Works November 7 1945 (U S National Archives).
    Color Photograph of Hiroshima showing damage March 1946 (U. S. National Archives).
Color Photograph of Hiroshima showing damage March 1946 (U. S. National Archives).
United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Physical Damage Division, [Ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall (A-Bomb Dome)], October 24, 1945. International Center of Photography
United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Physical Damage Division, [Ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall (A-Bomb Dome)], October 24, 1945. Image courtesy of the International Center of Photography.
United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Physical Damage Division, [Interior of Hiroshima City Hall auditorium with undamaged walls and framing but spalling of plaster and complete destruction of contents by fire], November 1, 1945. Image courtesy of the International Center of Photography.
United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Physical Damage Division, [Interior of Hiroshima City Hall auditorium with undamaged walls and framing but spalling of plaster and complete destruction of contents by fire], November 1, 1945. Image courtesy of the International Center of Photography.
NAGASAKI – August 9, 1945

Kokura was the intended target but due to clouds obscuring visibility it was necessary to alternate course to target B, Nagasaki.  Bockscar, a B-29 bomber dropped the atomic bomb, code name "Fat Man" which detonated over Nagasaki, Japan at 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945.  Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Kokura was the intended target but due to clouds obscuring visibility it was necessary to alternate course to target B, Nagasaki. Bockscar, a B-29 bomber dropped the atomic bomb, code name “Fat Man” which detonated over Nagasaki, Japan at 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Disaster Near The Hypocenter –

Around the Matsuyama-cho intersection which is close to the hypocenter, victims were burned to death in their last gesture grasping at the air or trying to escape. Everything that burns was burnt. Roof tiles were crushed into small pieces and scattered all over, air-raid shelters and street cars were burned and ruined. All tell the miserable story without words.

In the Record of the Nagasaki A-bomb War Disaster, the situation in Matsuyama township is described as follows:

 

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    NAGASAKI - Disaster near hypocenter - "A huge fireball formed in the sky. Directly beneath it is Matsuyama township. Together with the flash came the heat rays and blast, which instantly destroyed everything on earth, and those in the area fell unconscious and were crushed to death. Then they were blown up in the air and hurled back to the ground. The roaring flames burned those caught under the structures who were crying or groaning for help.
NAGASAKI – Disaster near hypocenter – “A huge fireball formed in the sky. Directly beneath it is Matsuyama township. Together with the flash came the heat rays and blast, which instantly destroyed everything on earth, and those in the area fell unconscious and were crushed to death. Then they were blown up in the air and hurled back to the ground. The roaring flames burned those caught under the structures who were crying or groaning for help.

 

Nagasaki.  Image courtesy of Exploratorium.edu
Nagasaki. Image courtesy of Exploratorium.edu

SIXTY-SEVEN YEARS LATER

HIROSHIMA TODAY:

Once named the Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as Atomic Bomb Dome ("Gembaku Domu" in Japanese) aka the A-Bomb Dome located adjacent to the Aioi River in a section of Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park , the A-Bomb Dome is one of the few buildings left standing within a two kilometer radius of the explosion. Although the A-Bomb exploded directly overhead, at which point fire instantly consumed the entire building killing everyone in it, the wired framework of the dome along with several walls escaped total collapse.   Image courtesy Wikipedia.
Once named the Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as Atomic Bomb Dome (“Gembaku Domu” in Japanese) aka the A-Bomb Dome located adjacent to the Aioi River in a section of Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park*, the A-Bomb Dome is one of the few buildings left standing within a two kilometer radius of the explosion. Although the A-Bomb exploded directly overhead, at which point fire instantly consumed the entire building killing everyone in it, the wired framework of the dome along with several walls escaped total collapse.  Image courtesy Wikipedia.
City of Hiroshima Today
City of Hiroshima Today
Hiroshima Port and Ferry Tunnel.   Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Hiroshima Port and Ferry Tunnel. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Hiroshima City by Night.  Image courtesy of Flickr.
Hiroshima City by Night. Image courtesy of Flickr.
Ebisu-chō Hiroshima.  Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Ebisu-chō Hiroshima. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Harbor near Hiroshima City at night.  Image courtesy of Flickr.
Harbor near Hiroshima City at night. Image courtesy of Flickr.

 

NAGASAKI TODAY:

Nagasaki-Ekimae Station.  Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Nagasaki-Ekimae Station. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Nagasaki today.   Image courtesy of Flickr
Nagasaki today. Image courtesy of Flickr
Residential Area Nagasaki 002. Image courtesy of PBase.com.
Residential Area Nagasaki 002. Image courtesy of PBase.com.

Nagasaki today

Megami Bridge Nagasaki.   Image courtesy of Flickr
Megami Bridge Nagasaki. Image courtesy of Flickr
Shopping Arcade Nagasaki
Shopping Arcade Nagasaki

 

What a difference several decades has made for Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the people of Japan as the world reveres the Japanese who until this day continues to rebuild from such a devastating and painful loss as revisited in the photographs above.

Moving on to city number three,  6687 miles (10761 km) away from Hiroshima, Japan, we have DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA bankrupt, wretched, an urban blight and a national disgrace. 

While Detroit is not the first city in the United States to fail, rest assured that because of illiteracy, poverty, the entitlement mentality, corruption and the insatiability of Marxist elites/politicians and their union counterparts, it will not be the last.

Applying an old school from the hood, Detroit, Michigan is torn down from the floor down.

William Livingstone House, Brush Park, Detroit Michigan before it was demolished in 2007.  Image courtesy of Flickr.
William Livingstone House, Brush Park, Detroit Michigan before it was demolished in 2007. Image courtesy of Flickr.
Detroit's former Packard Automobile Manufacturing Plant; photo Sean Hemmerle, March 2008.  Image courtesy of architonic.com.
Detroit’s former Packard Automobile Manufacturing Plant; photo Sean Hemmerle, March 2008. Image courtesy of architonic.com.

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Fisher Body Plant #21, originally built for Buick and Cadillac body production.  Completely abandoned in 1991.  Detroit, Michigan, 19 Mar '08.
Fisher Body Plant #21, originally built for Buick and Cadillac body production. Completely abandoned in 1991. Detroit, Michigan, 19 Mar ’08.
The Intersection of Helen and Georgia Streets, Detroit, Michigan, February, 2009.  The landscape pictured here was once filled with middle-class homes.  Image courtesy of architonic.com.
The Intersection of Helen and Georgia Streets, Detroit, Michigan, February, 2009. The landscape pictured here was once filled with middle-class homes. Image courtesy of architonic.com.

continued, see A Tale of Three Cities though Thousands of Miles Apart (PART 2 of 2)

 

 

 

 

Source:  Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Vicinity Virtual Museum

The Flying Kiwi

Wikipedia

Shimanami Kaido Tourist Information

Flickr

International Center of Photography

Architronic.com

Money.cnn.com

Wall Street Journal

Department of Numbers, Detroit Michigan

HistoricDetroit.org

New York Times

Quicken Loans

Fox Business

Michigan No Kid Hungry

 

*[1] Peace Memorial Park is a monument to the devastation and loss  in the fall of 1945.  “…On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb in history exploded directly over this area. In addition to the usual inhabitants, thousands of volunteer army corps members and mobilized students were in the area demolishing buildings for a fire lane. Nearly all of these lives were snuffed out as the entire district vanished instantly….”  Peace Memorial Park and Vicinity Virtual Museum

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