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Messages from Hiroshima

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Kishiro Kamada (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
I felt a searing pain on my face and I inadvertently reached up to touch my face. I was shocked to discover the skin had peeled off.
Morio Ozaki (male)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 19 years old at the time
Crawling out of the barracks, I couldn't believe my eyes. Hiroshima Castle that used to tower high before us was flat and had completely disappeared from view.
Keiko Ohashi (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter
People burned in tremendous heat, more than 3,000 degrees Celsius, and jumped into rivers. The floating bodies looked like human rafts.
Kiyoji Terui (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 18 years old at the time
"A rafter fell and hit the neck of a senior soldier sleeping beside me. My blanket was stained with his blood."
Hiromasa Hirata (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.8 km from the hypocenter / 7 years old at the time
The moment I thought I saw something that looked like white, sparkling clouds, the house collapsed and what I saw before me was total blackness,
Matsuko Hasebe (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.8 km from the hypocenter / 6 years old at the time
I saw the body of a man still standing who was pulling a large two-wheel cart and on it were the completely burnt bodies of two children, holding their knees.
Reiko Shirokane (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.9 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
A burnt horse was left tied down by its' reins, the corpses overlapped one another in the fire cistern.
Shige Hiratsuka (female)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 29 years old at the time
I could never imagine being burned alive. I said a prayer for the children who had no hope of escape.
Hiroshi Kaneko (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
A flash like a streak of lightning went off from south to north. At the same time something like a bar struck my hip and I fell down.
Sahoko Matsui (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.2 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
Mom hid all the mirrors and put paper on everything which might show my reflection, saying I would collapse if I saw my ugly face. She was even afraid I might look at myself on the surface of miso soup.