Monday, July 18, 2016

This photographer went inside Fukushima's nuclear disaster exclusion zone

Five years after the devastating 8.9 magnitude Japan earthquake and tsunami, as well as the nuclear disaster that followed, Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong sneaked inside the Fukushima exclusion zone with his friends to take photos of what's left behind.

Since April 22, 2011, an area within 20km (12.4miles) radius of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power was quickly evacuated and cordoned of to public. Residents abandoned it quickly taking only necessary items and leaving behind clothes inside washing machines and supermarket shelves filled with goods, even luxury items.

Even though the photographer was wearing a gas mask to protect himself from the contaminated air, he said he could still feel his eyes burning. He had only a few hours to spend inside the red zone, which he entered at 1am to avoid the police. 

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