A photo project by Arkadiusz Podniesinski showed the world some never seen before photos of an insight into the desolate exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It was here that tonnes of contaminated soil is left untouched and the forest is engulfing abandoned vehicles and peoples homes.
There are a lot of cars that are almost entirely covered by the forest and the 12-mile exclusion zone around Fukushima resembles something out of a zombie film after it was instantly abandoned following the 2011 natural disaster which then created the nuclear disaster.
The locals and tourists abandoned the area after dangerous levels of radioactivity were recorded. They left everything and nature has slowly been working its way through and turning it into an overgrown wilderness. If you have watched The Walking Dead, then you will know exactly what I am talking about.
When Arkadiusz Podniesinski managed to get permits to enter the area, he said he was confronted with a scene like the one from a post-apocalyptic film, writing on his website, “It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans.”
Arkadiusz Podniesinski explained that he took on 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 a wider public as possible.”
This image below of a dining table with portable cookers ready to prepare food appears that it was left that way in a hurry.
Photo Credit: Arkadiusz Podniesinski