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Seed that survived Hiroshima bombing to grow into tree at Saint Anselm's College

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A college in New Hampshire is planting a tree grown from a seed that survived the U.S. atomic bombing in Hiroshima.

The small gingko tree is being planted during a ceremony Saturday at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. The seed comes from one of only about 170 trees that survived the nuclear explosion. The tree at Saint Anselm was grown from a 200-year-old tree that is believed to have been located about 1,500 yards from Japan's ground zero.

The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in 1945, leading to the unconditional surrender of Japan and the effective end of World War II. The Aug. 6, 1945, bombing killed 140,000 people. Another atomic bombing three days later in Nagasaki killed more than 70,000 people.

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