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

Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski travelled to the site of the Fukushima nuclear plant 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 energy plant disaster.

“It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the Fukushima disaster at 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.”

Scroll down to see the haunting images from Fukushima Exclusion Zone yourself.

More info: podniesinski.pl (h/t: designyoutrust)

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

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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MarcinFalkus
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6 years ago

Anyone else thought of radioactive spiders upon seeing that cobweb-shrouded supermarket? Spidey's coming!

FionaCocksey
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6 years ago

And was the photographer worried incase he got bitten...

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IvanRaykov
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6 years ago

and by "bright future" they probably meant you will start glowing from the radiation

PhilipMier
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6 years ago

it was a bright future for everyone, sadly, things beyond anybody's control happened. im neither pro nor con for power plants, but there is a big difference in people's lives from those with power plants and from those with dont, and as one speaking from the latter. our electric bills are quite expensive as well as other basic commodities. so yes, there really is a bright future for countries and cities with power plants as opposed to those who dont, those who have to toil hard for basic commodities, but then again, there really is an exchange for easy living, as seen with the fukushima melt down... i just ask that you not be sarcastic about it. thanks

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LOOKMUM,NOHANDS(ZekiMin)
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6 years ago

a very bright future indeed.

MartynasKlimas
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6 years ago

Brighter than fossil fuels!

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MarcinFalkus
Community Member
6 years ago

Anyone else thought of radioactive spiders upon seeing that cobweb-shrouded supermarket? Spidey's coming!

FionaCocksey
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6 years ago

And was the photographer worried incase he got bitten...

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IvanRaykov
Community Member
6 years ago

and by "bright future" they probably meant you will start glowing from the radiation

PhilipMier
Community Member
6 years ago

it was a bright future for everyone, sadly, things beyond anybody's control happened. im neither pro nor con for power plants, but there is a big difference in people's lives from those with power plants and from those with dont, and as one speaking from the latter. our electric bills are quite expensive as well as other basic commodities. so yes, there really is a bright future for countries and cities with power plants as opposed to those who dont, those who have to toil hard for basic commodities, but then again, there really is an exchange for easy living, as seen with the fukushima melt down... i just ask that you not be sarcastic about it. thanks

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LOOKMUM,NOHANDS(ZekiMin)
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6 years ago

a very bright future indeed.

MartynasKlimas
BoredPanda Staff
6 years ago

Brighter than fossil fuels!

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