Seattle Times | Hiroshima survivors in Seattle still suffer effects from atomic bomb

AAJA Seattle member Nicole Tsong reports in today’s Seattle Times on survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast, in advance of Aug. 6, the 64th anniversary of the first use of nuclear weapons in the history of warfare. Nagasaki was bombed three days later on Aug. 9, 1945. The world has lived ever since then in the shadow of that destruction. Nuclear disarmament talks have regained momentum recently, but geopolitics and mutual distrust make it hard for nations to lay down their weapons. Stories like this remind us of the human toll of nuclear warfare.

By Nicole Tsong
The burns on Yasuko Carter’s arms haunted her through her teens, when she was too embarrassed to wear short sleeves and reveal skin ravaged by radiation.

Now 74, the Hiroshima survivor is struggling with more recent effects from intense radiation exposure: lung and breast cancer.


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Sanjay Bhatt jumped into journalism in 1996, landing his first job at The Times Leader, a daily in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He juggled covering 12 school districts and loved turning out enterprising, investigative pieces. Within a year, he got hired by The Palm Beach Post of West Palm Beach, Fla., where he spent the next six years building a reputation as a top health reporter. The biggest story he covered there was the 2001 anthrax investigation. In 2003, he joined The Seattle Times, where he has examined public schools, neighborhood issues, the economic crisis and local government. He enjoys producing mini-documentaries, trying new ideas online and learning new technologies. View all posts by sbhatt →
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