Monday, October 7, 2013

Inside the Fukushima evacuation zone



Two and a half years after the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami, as well as the nuclear disaster that followed, killing 19,000 people and displacing more than 300,000, Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj returned to the region to document the lives of those affected by the tragedy. 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. 


 

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A sign reading "Nuclear Power - The Energy for a Better Future", at the entrance of the evacuated town of Futuba, Fukushima

A vending machine carried in a field by the tsunami, near Minamisoma, Fukushima, inside the exclusion zone


A small monument for the victims in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima

Inside a restaurant in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima



Inside an abandoned house in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima






A dead cat and debris inside an abandoned house in the evacuated town of Futaba, Fukushima



Inside a damaged primary school, in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima



Inside an abandoned house, in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima



A fishing boat sits in a field, viewed from inside an abandoned house in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima



A swimming pool of a primary school in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima



A damaged statue of Buddha is left in the grass in the exclusion zone near Minamisoma, Fukushima



Nature begins to reclaim the streets of the evacuated town of Futaba, Fukushima



A damaged house in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima






Wild flowers and other vegetation grow over a train line in the empty town of Namie
Damir Sakolj/Reuters


Plastic bags containing radiated soil, left at a tennis court in the previously evacuated Naraha town, Fukushima



Inside an abandoned house in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima. The clock shows the time of March 11, 2011 earthquake 


A control panel of public address system in a primary school in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima



Bicycles left near the train station of the evacuated town of Futuba, Fukushima



Messages of support on a blackboard at a primary school in the evacuated town of Namie, Fukushima



A piano stands inside an abandoned house in Namie



Traditional shoes in a civic center in the abandoned town of Namie, Fukushima



Inside a primary school in the abandoned town of Namie, Fukushima



A beach in the coastal area of Namie



A toppled car in the coastal area of Namie



Street lamps light the street in the evacuated town of Namie in Fukushima prefecture September 23, 2013



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1 comment:

  1. if its so radiated in namie.. who decided it would be a good idea to wander around and take pictures..? lol

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