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These Haunting Photos Capture The Current State Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone In Japan

"This disaster could have been foreseen and prevented."

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In 2011, following a major earthquake, a tsunami forced the closure of four Japanese nuclear reactors.

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160,000 people were evacuated from their homes with 120,000 still unable to return. Within a 20km radius the radioactive exclusion zone demonstrates the dangerous nature of nuclear energy. Left in its wake are a network of abandoned towns and villages.

Polish photographer, Arkadiusz Podniesinski, visited the site in September 2015. He said, "My goal was to represent the actual state of the exclusion zone."

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"Futaba, Namie and Tomioka are ghost towns whose emptiness is terrifying and show a tragedy that affected hundreds of thousands of people."


Thousands of workers have been tirelessly cleaning the houses to allow residents the chance to return home.

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Podniesinski spoke with many concerned residents, "They do not believe the government's assurances that in 30 years from now the sacks containing radioactive waste will be gone. They are worried that the radioactive waste will be there forever." A drone photo of dump sites show sacks of contaminated radioactive soil stacked in layers to save space.

While natural disasters caused the accidents, Podniesinski doesn't blame them.

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He says, "Humans are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. This disaster could have been foreseen and prevented."