These Haunting Photos Capture The Current State Of The Fukushima Exclusion Zone In Japan
"This disaster could have been foreseen and prevented."
In 2011, following a major earthquake, a tsunami forced the closure of four Japanese nuclear reactors.
Polish photographer, Arkadiusz Podniesinski, visited the site in September 2015. He said, "My goal was to represent the actual state of the exclusion zone."
With residents fleeing en masse, a lot was left behind.
Some restaurants appear largely as they were before the disaster struck.
Even supermarkets were abandoned...
...with products still on shelves and in aisles.
Thousands of workers have been tirelessly cleaning the houses to allow residents the chance to return home.
While natural disasters caused the accidents, Podniesinski doesn't blame them.
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