In 2011, following a major earthquake, a tsunami forced the closure of four Japanese nuclear reactors. Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock 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." Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock "Futaba, Namie and Tomioka are ghost towns whose emptiness is terrifying and show a tragedy that affected hundreds of thousands of people." With residents fleeing en masse, a lot was left behind. Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock Some restaurants appear largely as they were before the disaster struck. Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock Even supermarkets were abandoned... Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock ...with products still on shelves and in aisles. Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock Thousands of workers have been tirelessly cleaning the houses to allow residents the chance to return home. Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock 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. Arkadiusz Podniesinski / REX Shutterstock He says, "Humans are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. This disaster could have been foreseen and prevented."