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Students Produce Virtual Reality Experience of Hiroshima Bombings

World | Associated Press | August 6, 2018, 3:41 pm
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 It's a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Cicadas chirp in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Then a flash of light, followed by a loud blast. (Image: AP)
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It's a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Cicadas chirp in the trees. A lone plane flies high overhead. Then a flash of light, followed by a loud blast. (Image: AP)

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 Buildings are flattened and smoke rises from crackling fires under a darkened sky. (Image: AP)
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Buildings are flattened and smoke rises from crackling fires under a darkened sky. (Image: AP)

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 Over two years, a group of Japanese high school students has been painstakingly producing a five-minute virtual reality experience that recreates the sights and sounds of Hiroshima before, during and after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city 73 years ago. (Image: AP)
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Over two years, a group of Japanese high school students has been painstakingly producing a five-minute virtual reality experience that recreates the sights and sounds of Hiroshima before, during and after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city 73 years ago. (Image: AP)

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 By transporting users back in time to the moment when a city was turned into a wasteland, the students and their teacher hope to ensure that something similar never happens again. (Image: AP)
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By transporting users back in time to the moment when a city was turned into a wasteland, the students and their teacher hope to ensure that something similar never happens again. (Image: AP)

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 August 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima killed 140,000 people. Three days later, a second US atomic bomb killed 70,000 people in Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days after that, ending World War II. (Image: AP)
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August 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima killed 140,000 people. Three days later, a second US atomic bomb killed 70,000 people in Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days after that, ending World War II. (Image: AP)

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 Wearing virtual reality headsets, users can take a walk along the Motoyasu River prior to the blast and see the businesses and buildings that once stood. (Image: AP)
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Wearing virtual reality headsets, users can take a walk along the Motoyasu River prior to the blast and see the businesses and buildings that once stood. (Image: AP)

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 To recreate Hiroshima, the students studied old photographs and postcards and interviewed survivors of the bombing to hear their experiences and get their feedback on the VR footage. (Image: AP)
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To recreate Hiroshima, the students studied old photographs and postcards and interviewed survivors of the bombing to hear their experiences and get their feedback on the VR footage. (Image: AP)

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 Namio Matsura, member of the computation skill research club at the Fukuyama Technical High School, watches Hiroshima city before the atomic bomb fell in virtual reality experience at the high school in Hiroshima, western Japan. (Image: AP)
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Namio Matsura, member of the computation skill research club at the Fukuyama Technical High School, watches Hiroshima city before the atomic bomb fell in virtual reality experience at the high school in Hiroshima, western Japan. (Image: AP)

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