Is it Japan’s arch from the same location after facing two major catastrophes?

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In 1945, after the dropping of the atomic bomb and after an earthquake and tsunami that happened in 2011, the arch looked tall and strong without any dilapidation

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Explanation

In the above viral tweet shared by the user namely, “non aesthetic things” there are two pictures that are compared by using a collage format. This post has an audience of 20.9M views, 128.3K likes, and more than 7900 reposts. In the picture, we are able to see red round marks made on both the portion of the image.

It is claimed that, in 1945, after the dropping of the atomic bomb and after an earthquake and tsunami that happened in 2011, the arch looked tall and strong without any dilapidation. The user has also asked at the bottom of the image what material the arch is made of. This viral post is shared by others with similar claims which can be seen here and here. Come, let’s check the authenticity of this viral claim.

What’s the truth?

These pictures have gone viral on social media claiming that the gateway has stood majestically unscathed by the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan in World War II and the 2011 tsunami disaster.

All these reports are rumors, though the entrance is undamaged and majestic. We can see detailed information about that gateway.

The United States dropped the first atomic bomb of World War II on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The atomic bomb killed 70,000 Japanese people, many were injured, and many were exposed to radiation. Three days after this attack, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

We all know the condition of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki area after the attack through photographs. One of the photos shows the entrance to Hiroshima intact.

The 2011 tsunami was Japan’s worst disaster since World War II. More than 10,000 people died in this disaster. Huge losses were incurred. Many parts of the country were damaged.

According to the article from Mail Online News titled “The Nightmare Returns: Chilling Echoes of Hiroshima’s Destruction in Images from the Aftermath of Tsunami,” we got the comparative pictures of the gateway standing tall seeing both the catastrophes. When we read the article, we came to know that, one gateway is from the 1945 atomic bomb droppings in Hiroshima and the other is from the 2011 tsunami destruction of the Otsuchi village.

In Otsuchi, the buildings were severely damaged by the tsunami disaster. However, most of the concrete buildings were not damaged. Also one of the entrances in the area remained undamaged.

Photographs of the atomic bomb disaster in Hiroshima, Japan, and photographs taken of areas damaged by the tsunami, show that only the entrances are undamaged.

The people of Japan believe that these gateways express the spiritual connection between them and the land. Temples have installed traditional toril entrances between some structures to save lives. The entrances in the picture are also of this type.

The fact remains that the gateways are of the same form but at different times and in different places. One entrance was in the Hiroshima area and the other in the Otsuchi area

Moreover, the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both in western Japan whereas the earthquake and tsunami attacked the Northeastern parts. So, people need to understand that the entrances in the picture are from two different localities.

Conclusion:

Therefore, through our investigation, we conclude that the gateways are strong and steady as shown in the picture.

Interestingly, the gateways are not from the same place as claimed by the social media users, rather its from two different areas, namely one from Hiroshima and the other from Otsuchi.

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