JAPAN: Worse than B-29s

Showing his town to TIME Correspondent Carl Mydans one afternoon last week, Lieut. Colonel James Hyland, commander of the U.S. Military Government in Fukui, remarked, "Look at it. Ninety-seven percent destroyed in one B-29 raid in 1945, and already 60% rebuilt. No shanties in this city either. We're building for permanency." The earthquake that rocked the city three hours later killed 1,600 people, injured 10,000 more. Mydans, who was uninjured, cabled this report:

The U.S. Army dines early in Fukui. At 5:14 p.m. we were sitting in the concrete officers' mess, waiting for dessert and coffee. There wasn't any warning—the floor...

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