Students from Hiroshima University discovered a granite block believed to part of the “A-Bomb Dome” (Genbaku Domu). The block weighs 300-kilograms and measuring 1 meter by 60 centimeters by 30 centimeters. It was found near the Motoyasu River last June.
The “A-Bomb Dome,” or Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is formerly known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. It earned the name when it became the only building standing after the city was bombed in August 6, 1945. UNESCO has since named it as a World Heritage Site in 1996. While it serves as a memorial to the tens of thousands of people who perished during the bombing, it has also become, in recent years, the city’s hope for eliminating the use of nuclear weapons. The chunk of granite was recovered from the waterway near the memorial yesterday. After comparing photos of the building prior the bombing and carvings on the stone, the students concluded that it was from the eaves of the third floor.
The students who discovered the block are members of the Association of Hiroshima University Students for Sending Atomic-Bombed Roof Tiles. 35-year old Rebun Kayo, leader of the group said that while they have “recovered many roof tiles from A-bombed houses and bricks from the A-Bomb Dome,” this is the first time they have seen “such a large structural element.” The team is planning to exhibit the piece at their university’s Kasumi campus museum in the Minami Ward. “I want many people to come and see this precious relic,” said Kayo.
[via Asahi Shimbun]