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Nuclear Shadows in Hiroshima.

This bridge, located about 900 meters from the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima, Japan, got a permanent "nuclear shadow" of the handrails.

Wikipedia explains why:

Since thermal radiation travels in straight lines from the fireball (unless scattered) any opaque object will produce a protective shadow. If fog or haze scatters the light, it will heat things from all directions and shielding will be less effective. Massive spread of radiation would also occur, which would be at the mercy of the wind.

It seems that they have also found shadows of people but not their bodies (which were instantly vaporized by the heat of the explosion.)

Nukeworker tells us more about the nuclear effects, with some more images of this great human loss in Hiroshima.


I remember seeing pictures of those shadows many years ago, when I was just a little toddler, and they gave me nightmares...they still cause a visceral fear reaction in me when I see them.

I pray we humans never make more shadows like that, ever again.

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