Haunting Images of Fukushima, The Abandoned Nuclear Radiation Ghost Town

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March 11, 2011, was a dark day for Japan, as residents fled what would later be known as the Fukushima disaster. After the Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami ravaged the shores of Japan, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant had four catastrophic nuclear meltdowns, multiple hydrogen-air explosions, and the release of radioactive material. The event, which was triggered because backup generators were disabled in the tsunami, is the most significant nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

Since the events unfolded, Fukushima has remained a ghost town that's too radioactive for residents to return to it. That didn't stop urban exploration photographer Keow Wee Loong from sneaking into the 20-kilometer exclusion zone surrounding the reactor to document the Fukushima aftermath.

Fukushima after the disaster is a bizarre world that remains frozen on that fateful day in 2011. Unfinished laundry begs for their owners' returns, resting in the washing machines that line the walls of an abandoned, coin-operated laundromat. Cars are left in strip mall lots as traffic lights field a rush hour that is never coming. Some animals even continue to live amidst the radioactivity at Fukushima. Loong's photos of Fukushima, among others, are haunting and a true testament to just how powerless humans are against nature and the disasters it throws at them.

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  • 1. Goods Spill Out Of Shelves In An Abandoned Supermarket Near The Blast Zone

    Goods Spill Out Of Shelves In An Abandoned Supermarket Near The Blast Zone
    Photo: Keow Wee Loong / Facebook
    604 votes
  • 2. A Calendar That Never Advanced

    A Calendar That Never Advanced
    Photo: Keow Wee Loong / Facebook
    578 votes
  • 3. The Interior Of An Evacuated And Abandoned Home In Fukushima

    The Interior Of An Evacuated And Abandoned Home In Fukushima
    Photo: Keow Wee Loong / Facebook
    466 votes
  • 4. People Evacuated Fukushima So Quickly During The Meltdown That They Left Laundry Still Spinning

    People Evacuated Fukushima So Quickly During The Meltdown That They Left Laundry Still Spinning
    Photo: Keow Wee Loong / Facebook
    474 votes
  • 5. The Exterior Of An Abandoned Family Mart

    The Exterior Of An Abandoned Family Mart
    Photo: Keow Wee Loong / Facebook
    349 votes
  • 6. The Abandoned Streets Of Fukushima

    The Abandoned Streets Of Fukushima
    Photo: Keow Wee Loong / Facebook
    367 votes