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Japan’s Chernobyl: abandoned town in the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone

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Located within the 20-kilometre exclusion zone, Namie saw its coastal area in Ukedo wiped out by the tsunami, and its inland zone contaminated by radiation.
Picture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Yuko Mihara cleans her beauty salon in the town of NamiePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Large black plastic bags containing contaminated soil and leaves are stocked in a temporary storage facility in the town of Naraha, Fukushima prefecturePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Clothes and furniture are strewn on the ground after the 11 March 2011 earthquake at the Miharas’ house in the town of NamiePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Yuzo Mihara looks at a damaged house in his neighbourhoodPicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Wearing white protective masks and suits, Yuzo Mihara and his wife Yuko pose for photographs on a deserted street in the town of Namie, inside the Fukushima nuclear disaster exclusion zone. Following the 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, tens of thousands of people lost their homes and are still living in temporary housing. The 21,000 residents of Namie had to abandon their homes after the town was evacuated following the nuclear alert.
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chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Takamasa Watanabe, aged 53, and his mother Kazuko, aged 79, pose for photos in front of their house in the town of NamiePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

A deserted street is pictured in the town of Namie, inside the Fukushima nuclear disaster exclusion zone.Picture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

A fishing vessel carried by the 11 March 2011 tsunami remains inland in the town of NamiePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

A Geiger counter displays the figure of 0,535 microsievert per hour at a park in the town of NamiePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Yuko Mihara cleans her kitchen, which is covered with debris and putrefied foods, two years after the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Many former Namie residents still hope to go back to their homes in the future, but they are only allowed to return home for a few hours to clean their houses and collect some belongings.
Picture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Yuzo Mihara cleans his house, which has been invaded by micePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Yuko Mihara offers prayers to her ancestors in front of a family Buddhist altar. Residents are now waiting to receive compensation from the government and TEPCO, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Two years have passed since the disaster and frustration is gaining ground in the community. Cloistered in small rooms at temporary housings, evacuees are living in total uncertainty about their future.
Picture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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Yuzo Mihara carries rubbish out of his housePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Bags belonging to children remain hanging up at the abandoned Namie elementary schoolPicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Yuzo Mihara fixes a net to protect his store from intrudersPicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

A statue of a boy and a girl stands at the entrance of the abandoned Namie elementary schoolPicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

chernobyl, fukushima, abandoned town

Shower heads are seen at the outdoor pool of the abandoned Namie elementary schoolPicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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A collapsed house is seen in the abandoned town of NamiePicture: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Source: The Telegraph

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