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Hiroshima survivor living in Portland describes bombing 70 years later

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Thursday marked 70 years since an atomic bomb hit the Japanese city of Hiroshima at the end of World War Two.

Over half a century later, a Japanese survivor lives in Portland and he talked about his experience.

On August 6, 1945 Ed Kawasaki was 16-years-old at the time of the bombing in Hiroshima.

On Thursday, Kawasaki, along with many others are remembering that day in history.

Kawasaki and Mayor Charlie Hales spoke at a ceremony Thursday morning at Concordia University commemorating the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Also on Thursday, was the opening of a Hiroshima exhibit with commentary from Kawasaki.

City Leaders, Dignitaries from Japan and religious leaders from Portland attended the ceremony to hear Kawasaki's emotional story.

Kawasaki said he was about 2 miles away from the epicenter of the bomb, in the hospital seeking treatment for a ruptured appendix when he heard the blast of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

"I saw the flash from the window and the blast came later. The nurses told us to get into the bomb shelter. On the way to the shelter, the cloud was not very high yet. The mushroom was starting to form. I saw the bomber's silver silhouette against the blue sky flying away," said Kawasaki.

In his speech, Kawasaki went on to say he hopes for unity and peace for future generations without the use of nuclear weapons in war.

Kawasaki hopes his story can spark discussion here in Oregon regarding the Iran nuclear agreement.

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