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The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Archive

It’s been 65 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, and the number of survivors is continuing to dwindle. The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Archive is an attempt to capture first-hand stories to save for history.

From their site:

This project enables to access all of those resources from all over the world, which was formerly unable to do so. Moreover, by mapping the information with topographic data, the user can enhance the experience of what it was like when the A-bomb struck Nagasaki, in detail. “Nagasaki Archive” is an attempt to reorganize all of those information on a digital virtual globe (google earth). In order to make Nagasaki the last place on earth where the A-bomb struck, we hope that many people to interact with and learn from “Nagasaki Archive”.

You can see photos from the same angle they were taken 65 years ago, and also you click the portrait of survivors to read their experiences and wishes assosiated with the actual location they were exposed to A – bomb.

It seems like an excellent use of Google Earth to try to preserve some history, and the implementation of it is quite solid. Much of the site is in Japanese, but they’re translating as much as they can into English.
You can try it yourself on their site here.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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