The thirty-fourth anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb was marked in Hiroshima with the sombre tolling of a peace bell on Monday (6 August) and a call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.
The thirty-fourth anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb was marked in Hiroshima with the sombre tolling of a peace bell on Monday (6 August) and a call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. Nearly 300,000 people died when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the final days of World War two. And each year people still die from diseases related to the atomic blasts.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people gathered in Hiroshima's Peace Park on Monday (6 August) to remember the atomic bomb victims. They were addressed by the Chairman of the City Council. In Nagasaki it is estimated that between 39,000 and 74,000 people out of a wartime population of 210,000 perished when a second bomb exploded on the 9th of August, 1945. The weapon had the explosive power of twenty thousand tons of dynamite.
A bell tolled throughout Hiroshima at 8.15 A.M. on Monday (6 August) -- the time the bomb exploded thirty-four years ago. And in Peace Park a silent one-minute prayer was offered.
As wreaths were laid at the memorial the Mayor of Hiroshima issued a strong protest note to the United States and the Soviet Union following reports that the two countries had conducted underground nuclear tests. He said the alleged tests ignored the feelings of the people of Hiroshima, and he called on both nations to halt their testing as a first step toward abolition of nuclear weapons.
The children of Hiroshima, though they are too young to comprehend the horror of the atomic blast, are encouraged to participate in the memorial service every year. But the older citizens have vivid memories of the event and each year pause to remember its victims. The city's Mayor issued his protest on behalf of the people of Hiroshima after reports on Sunday (5 August) from Sweden's Seismological Institute that a powerful underground nuclear explosion was recorded from a Soviet testing ground in Western Siberia.