Never-Before-Seen Images From Fukushima Show How Nuclear Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature


The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami off Japan’s coastline, was the second largest nuclear disaster in history and saw 300,000 people evacuated from the area.

Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski – who has previously photographed Chernobyl- travelled to the site last month to see the effects of the disaster on the area. The exclusion zone is roughly 20km (12.5 miles) and filled with the untouched relics of the community that fled following the explosion.

Comparing the site to a post-apocalyptic film,Arkadiusz said:

“It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans

A radiation reading which still shows levels at 6.7 uSv/h

Abandoned vehicles, left on the road near the power plant are now swallowed up by nature

Some cars have been completely swallowed up by the overgrowth

Piles of contaminated TV’s were collected as part of the cleaning efforts

School lessons were interrupted mid-disaster

As were supermarkets

These computers lay dormant with bird droppings covering the screens

A table set for dinner, but abandoned before the food was eaten

Farmers believe that the white spots that developed on their animals’ skin soon after the accident was down to the cows eating contaminated grass

This photo, taken by a drone, gives an aerial perspective of one of the dump sites that contains thousands of bags of contaminated soil. They have been stacked on top of one another to save space

The sign reads: “Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future”

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