HIROSHIMA – The Hiroshima Municipal Government unveiled Tuesday an outline for work to strengthen the Atomic Bomb Dome against earthquakes.
The city plans to earmark funds for the project in its next budget and launch the work after the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 2015.
The dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is the best-known symbol of the world’s first atomic-bombed city.
The only structure left standing in the area hit by the atomic bomb in 1945, it was named as a World Heritage site in 1996.
Reinforcement work in 1967 and 1989 was limited to filling wall cracks with bonding resin.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said the dome is important to people everywhere who share the desire for global peace and it conveys that intention to the world.
Bricks have been removed from walls at 17 locations to study the monument’s state.
The study found that the building would not collapse in the event of a major earthquake with an intensity of lower 6 on the Japanese seismic scale to 7, but some of its walls could be damaged.
The municipal government has been studying the building’s quake resistance since 2007.
In January 2013, officials said studies indicate that seismic impact would focus on wall surfaces at four locations.
Officials said the city plans to reinforce the walls with steel materials.