Photographer Sneaks Into The Fukushima Exclusion Zone And Shows The World The Real-Life Fallout
Five years ago nuclear disaster struck Japan when the power plant in Fukushima experienced an "energy accident." In March of 2011, Japan was struck first by the Tohoku earthquake, which was followed by a tsunami, which initiated the energy crisis at the power plant where active reactors automatically shut down their sustained fission reactions after the Earthquake. The tsunami caused the emergency generators to fail and the pumps could not cool the reactors.
What followed was three nuclear meltdowns, hydrogen-air chemical explosions, and the release of radioactive materials in multiple units.
It has been five years since the incident devastated the area and it has remained untouched the entire time and the "established exclusion zone" remains closed off to outsiders and illegal to wander into.
Of course knowing humanity and its lust for curiosity has not stopped one photographer from sneaking in and taking never-before-seen photographs of the abandoned area. 27-year-old Malaysian photographer, Keow Lee Woong snuck past police barricades and patrols, determined to see first hand what was left of Fukushima. Shockingly, he wore only a gas mask and did nothing to protect his skin from the threat of radiation exposure. All for these 15 incredible photographs.
When speaking with Bored Panda, Woong said:
It feels like a real-life version of Fallout
Unlike Chernobyl, Fukushima has not been looted by humans yet.via:Keow Lee Woong
The supermarket has been raided by animals left behind.via:Keow Lee Woong
This is the bookstore.via:Keow Lee Woong
This mouthwash is still sealed from 2011.via:Keow Lee Woong
These magazines were issued in March of 2011 and remain untouched.via:Keow Lee Woong
6. Laundry Day
Most citizens left in extreme rushes, some leaving behind their laundry. Yen coins can be seen scattered everywhere.via:Keow Lee Woong
7. Namie supermarket
With many items still placed neatly on shelves.via:Keow Lee Woong
8. Video Rentals
This video rental store features movie posters from 2011 but most of the store is filled with hentai.via:Keow Lee Woong
9. More magazines...
Like a time capsule, these magazines were also issued back in March of 2011.via:Keow Lee Woong
10. Time stands still.
Where has time stopped? Towns: Okuma, Namie, Futaba, Tamiokavia:Keow Lee Woong
11. Okuma Town Barricades
They didn't stop the photographer, though.via:Keow Lee Woong
This unopened PS2 was found in an abandoned home.via:Keow Lee Woong
13. Namie Pub
This pub was abandoned in the disaster.via:Keow Lee Woong
14. A Gold Mine?
This abandoned CD shop has no shortage of limited edition CD's.via:Keow Lee Woong
15. Namie Train Station
Eerie, when abandoned.via:Keow Lee Woong