Polish reporter Arkadiusz Podniesinski now offers Stunning Photos of Exclusion Zone Near Fukushima with an unprecedented insight into the wild and no-go exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Four years after the catastrophe of Fukushima, the soil is still contaminated and untouched. Nearly 160,000 people were evacuated due to an uncontaminated area and today 120,000 of them still unable to return their homes.
The 12.5-mile exclusion zone around the nuclear plant now resembles post-apocalyptic ghost town after people abandoned their homes abruptly following the Japanese government’s advise to residents living between 20 and 30 kilometers from the Fukushima power plant to consider voluntary evacuation. These once populated places are deserted after warnings of dangerous levels of radioactivity with cars left behind; classrooms and libraries to be swallowed by the overgrown wilderness. Japanese local administration dealt with the rehousing of residents in temporary accommodation following the disaster.
The Japanese government now faces the issue of safely demolition of abandoned houses, replacement of infrastructure and services, including roads and school playgrounds, and the decontamination and desalination of buildings and land. The towns of Futaba, Namie and Tomioka -the cities still in No-Go Zone- offer a vision of Apocalypse.
images via Arkadiusz Podniesinski