Monday, March 11, 2013

The abandoned towns of Fukushima

Two years after the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and displaced more than 300,000, the surrounding towns of Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant remain abandoned. Even today, tens of thousands of survivors live in temporary housing as the area surrounding the nuclear plant remains too contaminated by radiation for residents to return for more than short visits.

More deserted places in Japan



A deserted street in the town of Namie

A street light at the abandoned town of Iitate, outside the nuclear exlusion zone

Drinks and rice vending machines in the abandoned town of Naraha, inside the exclusion zone
The destroyed Tomioka station in the town of Tomioka

A tennis court in the abandoned town of Iitate




In the abandoned town of Tomioka, inside the nuclear exclusion zone

Tomioka, Fukushima

A radiation meter outside a public toilet in the largely abandoned town of Kawauchi
A gas station in the abandoned town of Namie
A house collapsed in a deserted street in Namie

A policdeman checks houses in the abandoned town of Iitate

The balcony of a house in the abandoned town of Namie

Naraha, Fukushima

Unicycles at an abandoned school in Yamakiya

At the Tsushima Junior High School in Namie

Bags belonging to children remain hanging at the abandoned Namie school

A statue of a boy and a girl stands at the entrance of the abandoned Namie school in Namie

Protest slogans criticising Tepco, the company which ran the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on the window of a house in Namie

A policdeman checks houses in the abandoned town of Iitate

A man looks out from his store in the abandoned town of Yamakiya

A time capsule at Tsushima Junior High School in Namie

Namie, Fukushima

Abandoned houses in Naraha, Fukushima

Contaminated soil is stored near houses in the abandoned town of Iitate


Police man a barrier marking the edge of the nuclear exclusion zone 
The faded outline of painted footprints are seen on a street corner in the abandoned town of Naraha, which was once inside the nuclear exclusion zone surrounding the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, in Japan. The town is now open to residents for short visits but they are unable to return to live. Workers have begun attempts to clean up the town, which was contaminated with radiation when the nuclear plant was crippled by a tsunami.

Photos: 1, 4, 10, 16, 17 Franck Robichon/EPA/guardian.co.uk, 2, 3, 3-9, 1-15, 18-26 Greg Baker/Associated Press/wpxi.com


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