This Is Fukushima 4 Years On

Streelights illuminate the abandoned streets of Fukushima, the town which was deserted four years ago after the nuclear power station was destroyed by an earthquake.

“Four years after the accident more than 120 000 people are still not able to return to their homes, and many of them are still living in temporary accommodation specially built for them. As with Chernobyl, some residents defied the order to evacuate and returned to their homes shortly after the disaster. Some never left.” notes photographer Arkadiusz PodniesiŃski.

“Immediately after the disaster at the Fukushima power station an area of 3 km, and later 20 km, was designated from which approximately 160 000 residents were forcibly evacuated.”

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Bags of contaminated soil are stacked to save room.

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There are around 300 cattle left behind. They’ve developed white spots, that local farmers believe is from eating contaminated grass.

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This final image is a little haunting. The sign reads “Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future”

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