This Is What Fukushima Looks Like Today

It’s been more than four years since the city of  Fukushima, Japan experienced a meltdown at it’s nuclear power plant that was the world’s worst since the 1986 meltdown in Chernobyl.  Arkadiusz Podniesinski is a Polish photographer that had the opportunity to visit the restricted zones outside of Fukushima to document what life looks like there now.  What he found was a mix of attempted recovery and frozen life.

 

Extensive cleaning efforts were still underway in some locations.

 

Crews were removing layers of contaminated soil as well as working on reconstructing toppled buildings.

 

An abandoned street in Namie, a town within the Fukushima exclusion zone.

 

The local primary school in Namie is located just 900 feet from the ocean!  It would have been an amazing place to attend school every day.

 

This is a view out of a school window.

 

This classroom was left untouched.

 

This gym looks near-pristine, save the collapsing floor.

 

Cows and other livestock still live within the exclusion zone, although you may want to avoid the meat.

 

The street lights in Namie still continue to turn on every night, despite it being abandoned.

 

This is a street in Futaba, another town within the exclusion zone.

 

The doomed power plant, ground zero, can be seen across the water.

 

This line of abandoned cars is being overtaken by nature.

 

Colonel Sanders (Norm Macdonald?) still stands in this KFC.

 

 

People left this restaurant mid-meal, and the sauce remains behind the show it.

 

People did take the time to raid this liquor store.  I guess they figured that they would need it.

 

Terrifyingly-sized spider webs dominate this grocery store.

 

Every day in Fukushima around 7,000 workers help decommission the reactors. In heavy protective clothing, they carry out such tasks as collecting and storing contaminated water. The decommissioning work is expected to take up to 40 years to complete.  Decontamination plans are being executed for 105 cities, towns and villages affected by the accident.  The optimistic believe it to be an opportunity for Japan to right a wrong, while others simply feel it is a waste of resources.  Ultimately, only time will tell.

(H/T: creepybasement)

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