Hiroshima Resets Peace Clock

Posted In Thoughtworks, World - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 With 0 Comments






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A counter on a “peace clock” monument at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum that shows the number of days since the last nuclear test was reset Tuesday, a day after North Korea’s proclaimed second nuclear test.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum’s Peace Watch Tower, which records the number of days since the last nuclear test has been reset on 26th May, after North Korea conducted a nuclear test.

The peace clock’s two digital displays show the number of days since the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the number of days since the last nuclear test was conducted. In the 12th reset since the clock’s debut in August 2001, the digital number was changed to 0 from 960, which denotes the number of days since the last test took place in October 2006.

The clock was set up on August 6, 2001 on the 56th anniversary of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Over the past 8 years, the clock has been reset 11 times following each of the nuclear tests conducted by the US (some in cooperation with the UK) and Russia.

About 300 survivors of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing gathered in the park near the museum condemning the possession and testing of all nuclear weapons by all nations.

About Peace Clock:

This Clock Tower displays panels with numbers and cogwheels.

  • The first panel indicates the number of days since the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
  • The Lower panel indicates the number of days since the last nuclear test.
  • When a nuclear test is conducted, the number of days will be reset to zero to enhance the strength of the protest from Hiroshima.
  • The cogwheels below represent a virtual countdown which warns us that we are on the path leading towards the annihilation of humanity.

The concept is: the cogwheel at the top rotates 100 times per minute, but it will spin faster if the earth shows cogwheel at the bottom, the clock automatically self-destruct.

In order to stop the cogwheels from spinning, we must work toward abolishing all nuclear weapons and seek for an age of coexistence among humankind without dependence on military force.

About Nuclear tests History:

The US leads the world in nuclear weapons tests, having conducted 1050 tests over nearly 50 years. Between 1945 and 2002, 2046 nuclear tests were conducted worldwide. Since 1992, the US has observed a self-imposed moratorium; Russia started a similar moratorium in 1990. The most recent known nuclear tests were conducted by India and Pakistan in 1998 and then a couple by North Korea.

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-NKJ