Wednesday, 15th May 2013
In General Japan News,
Atomic Bomb Dome tested for earthquake-resistance
The only building to have survived the atomic bomb strike on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 is to be tested for earthquake resistance.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, also known as the Genbaku Domu or Atomic Bomb Dome, has stood exactly as it did following the bombing.
Apart from two minor preservation projects which took place between October 1989 and March 1990, which were designed to stabilise the building, it has been left largely untouched.
Computer analysis has uncovered 15 locations in four sections of the building which were found to be weak and samples of these areas will now be collected to assess the damage.
In 1996, the building was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to the fact that it was kept intact to stand as a symbol of peace.
The dome forms part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which is dedicated to the memories of those who perished in the attack.
Written by Graham McPherson
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