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Where Hiroshima could happen again

Jill Dougherty

By Jill Dougherty (original source CNN) 

“When I was 12 years old, during the Cold War, I read John Hersey’s novel “Hiroshima.” He describes in searing detail what happened that day — August 6, 1945 — when the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

For nights afterward, I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t get his images out of my mind: people going about their daily lives; the sudden fireball so hot it vaporized bodies, leaving just shadows on a wall; the silent, deadly radiation that sickened and killed tens of thousands more.”

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