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Hoax - Nagasaki Arch Survives Both Atomic Bomb and Tsunami

Outline
Circulating message claims that attached photographs depict an "arch" in the Japanese city of Nagasaki that somehow survived both the atomic bomb blast of 1945 and the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.



Brief Analysis
The photographs are genuine but they do not show the same "arch" (more correctly known as a "torii"). Moreover, while the first photograph does show a torii at Nagasaki, the second photograph depicts a torii at the Kozuchi shrine in the Japanese town of Otsuchi.

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Last updated: 7th March 2012
First published: 1st July 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Subject: Fw: ... I have a question

I have a question….

Nagasaki 1945, after the atomic bomb

Nagasaki 1945 after the atomic bomb

Nagasaki 2011, following earthquake and tsunami

Nagasaki 2011 following earthquake and tsunami

What the f@#k is that arch made of ?




Detailed Analysis
Nagasaki Today
Nagasaki was not directly affected by March’s earthquake and tsunami
This message, which is circulating via email and social media, claims that two photographs taken many years apart show the miraculous survival of an "arch" in the Japanese city of Nagasaki. According to the message, the first photographs show the arch still standing after the city was all but destroyed by the atomic bomb blast of 1945 while the second photograph shows the same arch, again still standing, after Nagasaki was devastated by 2011’s earthquake and tsunami.

The photographs themselves are genuine but, in fact, they do not depict the same "arch" or even the same city.

The type of structure referred to as an arch in the message is actually a torii a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or sometimes inside a Shinto shrine.

The first photograph does depict a torii at Nagasaki after an atomic bomb was dropped on the city on August 9, 1945. The same photograph is included on numerous historical websites discussing the bombing. The photograph was taken by army staff photographer Yosuke Yamahata who began to record the devastation of the city on August 10, 1945, a day after the bomb was dropped.

However, the second photograph does not depict the torii at Nagasaki, but rather another torii leading to Kozuchi shrine at the town of Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Otsuchi was indeed devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011.

Nagasaki is located some 1300 kilometers away from Otsuchi. Nagasaki was not directly affected by March’s earthquake and tsunami.

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Wikipedia - Torii
The Atomic Bombs and the Soviet Invasion: What Drove Japan’s Decision to Surrender?
A Photo-Essay on the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Yosuke Yamahata
Yosuke Yamahata - Memeory Exhibition
Before and after: Japan rebuilds after tsunam
Otsuchi, Iwat
Safe To Visit Toky



Last updated: 7th March 2012
First published: 1st July 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer