Rare photo shows split atomic mushroom cloud over Hiroshima

January 08, 2013

By YOHEI GOTO/ Staff Writer

HIROSHIMA--An original photo showing the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima split into two parts, one on top of the other, has been found at an elementary school located near ground zero.

Apart from this piece, only one other photo, shot by the U.S. military, is known to show the mushroom cloud from the atomic bombing clearly divided, according to officials at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

The photo, preserved at Honkawa Elementary School in the city's Naka Ward, is 16 centimeters tall and 11.5 cm wide. A memo on the back of the photo says the scene was shot from the neighborhood of the town of Kaitaichi, part of present-day Kaita, some 10 kilometers east of downtown Hiroshima two minutes after the bomb was dropped on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

A copy of the photo originally appeared in "Hiroshima-ken Sensai-shi" (Chronicle of war damage in Hiroshima Prefecture), a Japanese-language book published in 1988, which says the photographer is "unknown" and that the shot was taken "20-30 minutes after" the bombing.

By YOHEI GOTO/ Staff Writer
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A photo showing the mushroom cloud from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, split into two parts (Provided by Honkawa Elementary School)

A photo showing the mushroom cloud from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, split into two parts (Provided by Honkawa Elementary School)

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  • A photo showing the mushroom cloud from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, split into two parts (Provided by Honkawa Elementary School)

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