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26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

In March 2011, Japan experienced two disasters within one day. An earthquake had occurred in the ocean, and sent a tsunami straight for multiple towns along the coast. The local populace was evacuated, however the tsunami caused the nuclear power plant in the area to explode, causing an extremely harmful radiation leak. The full consequences of the leak are still not yet known, even 8 years later. The whole area around the nuclear power plant is uninhabitable, and will be for a very long time. That hasn’t stopped people from sneaking into the site to get an up close and personal look at the devastation that was brought throughout the town. Surprisingly, it is almost completely untouched. A young man recently decided to make a trip to the town, illegally I might add. His pictures are like something you would see in a zombie apocalypse movie.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

I’m not sure about his choice of attire. The upper half of his body seems good, but what’s the point of covering your top half if you are wearing sandals and shorts with it?

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

As you can see, this grocery store was left entirely intact.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

People living in the area were immediately evacuated when the tsunami warning was issued. Normally people would come back to their homes and life would resume as normal.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

The radiation has made that impossible though, so these places are simply left to rot and crumble away along with their contents.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

Listerine circa 2011. Nothing in this area will ever be able to be used again in our lifetime most likely.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

Losing your business to a disaster like this would be a very hard thing to go through.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

5-year-old laundry still sits in these washing machines. People literally had to leave everything behind to avoid this tragedy.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

For the towns of Okuma, Namie, Futaba and Tamioka, time stopped on this day in March of 2011.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

Another super market in Namie. Many of the items are still in the exact place they were 8 years ago. This would be so eerie.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

The abandoned train station of Namie has been quiet for 8 years. This probably carried many people being evacuated to safety.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

Rubble from the earthquake can be seen in every town they visited.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

At one time this was a local bar where people would gather for drinks with friends. Now it sits desolate and empty in this uninhabitable wasteland.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

This media shop sits in ruins collecting dust. The value of goods left behind must be unimaginable.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

It’s sad that nothing from these places will ever be usable again because of radiation contamination.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

A barricade was erected outside the town of Okuma for people’s safety. Some people just need to take risks though.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

An abandoned Family Mart. All of this infrastructure will never be useable again. There is a ton of money just sitting here.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

Mountains of bags of irradiated items and trash fill entire areas of these towns.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

McDonald’s

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

The radiation infected remnants of what used to be the thriving town of Fukushima.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

An old shoe stall in Fukushima.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

The aftermath of the earthquake that caused the nuclear reactor meltdown is still very evident.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

This abandoned home is actually located in the yellow zone. My knowledge about radiation level distinctions is a bit rusty, but I’m assuming the yellow zone is right outside the red zone.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

An old Playstation 2.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

This town has been abandoned for 8 years, but apparently electricity hasn’t been cut off to it. The stop light still seems to be working.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

This was once a floral shop where beautiful flowers would be sold.

26 Devastating Photographs Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone

This sign is 100 meters away from the nuclear power plant melted down. I would never get this close to it without full protective gear.

It will be a long, long time before this place is inhabitable again. It may not even be in our lifetime. The full effects of that day have still not been felt. There is talk that the radiation that was leaked into the ocean has already made its way around most of the world. The environmental consequences could be absolutely dire if we don’t find a solution to undo what has happened.

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