He Risked His Life To Photograph The Eerie Aftermath Of Japan’s Nuclear Disaster.
In 2011, a massive tsunami caused a series of nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, Japan. Four years later, the 12.5 mile exclusion zone around the nuclear plant is frozen in time and has been documented in a stunning new photo project.
The area around the plant is considered contaminated, so the exclusion zone grounds and everything on it had to be abandoned. That means that everything is as it was before the accident: Untouched, abandoned, and a constant reminder of what used to be. Check out the eery photos from Fukushima's exclusion zone below.
Photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski captured these images. To do so, he had to wear protective clothing.
Here, dozens of vehicles remain parked in the overgrown bushes. This used to be a road near the power plant.
Many vehicles now lie almost completely covered by the wilderness, which has remained untouched since the accident in 2011.
This motorbike is chained to the same pole where it was left just hours before the tsunami.
After four years without maintenance, the foliage is basically swallowing the entire area and everything in it.
There is also an amusement park in the exclusion zone. These go-karts haven't been moved or touched since.
The images are comparable to a scene from The Walking Dead: A post-apocalyptic outpost where no people can go anymore.
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