Never Before Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski traveled to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last month to see the location with his own eyes. When he obtained permits to enter the roughly 20km (12.5 mile) Exclusion Zone, he was confronted with a scene similar to one from a post apocalyptic film. Podniesinski previously photographed the area around the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

“It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans,” writes Podniesinski on his website. He undertook the project so that he could draw his “own conclusions without being influenced by any media sensation, government propaganda, or nuclear lobbyists who are trying to play down the effects of the disaster, and pass on the information obtained to as wider a public as possible.”

Abandoned vehicles are slowly swallowed up by nature on a stretch of road near the power plant


Some of the cars have entirely disappeared in the wild grass


Podniesinski shows a radiation reading of 6.7 uSv/h


A chained-up motorcycle is slowly absorbed into the field


These contaminated televisions were collected and piled up as part of the cleaning efforts


Cobwebs hang above the scattered products in this abandoned supermarket


Another photo from within a supermarket feels eerily similar to those from post-apocalyptic movies


This abandoned computer lab covered in animal droppings is from a village near the plant


A dining table with portable cookers ready to prepare food looks like it was left in haste


These go-karts have had their last race in an entertainment park located within the 12.5mile exclusion zone


Musical instruments including a piano litter the floor of this classroom


The earthquake which started the tsunami damaged buildings as well

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These bicycles were left behind when residents fled


Classes were interrupted mid-lesson by the disaster


An empty arcade, now without patrons


This aerial photo taken by a drone shows one of the dump sites that contain thousands of bags of contaminated soil


Bags of radioactive soil are stacked one on top of the other to save space


Landowners have been told that these contaminated bags will be disposed of, but many people remain skeptical


Cows started to get white spots on their skin soon after the accident. One farmer believes this is due to the cows eating contaminated grass


“Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future” reads the sign


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