Source:The Earth Child

Seven years after visiting Chernobyl for the first time, photographer and filmmaker Arkadiusz Podniesiński went to Fukushima to see how the cleanup process was going and to see how it compared to Chernobyl.

Podniesiński notes that the two disasters have a lot in common.

“It is not earthquakes or tsunami[s] that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans,” he told Daily Mail.

“The report produced by the Japanese parliamentary committee investigating the disaster leaves no doubt about this. The disaster could have been foreseen and prevented. As in the Chernobyl case, it was a human, not technology, that was mainly responsible for the disaster.”

Podniesinki wasn’t able to get access to worst-affected areas in the exclusion zone, but the towns he did reach were chilling. “Futaba, Namie and Tomioka are ghost towns whose emptiness is terrifying and show a tragedy that affected hundreds of thousands of people,”. 

See Podniesinki’s photos inside the exclusion zone below:

An aerial photograph taken by a drone of dump sites with sacks of contaminated radioactive soil.

To save space they are stacked in layers, one on top of the other.

Inside a supermarket.

An aisle of a supermarket with products left on the floor.

Since the disaster nature has been at work and cobwebs now hang between the shelves.

A school gymnasium. 

Go karts lined up and ready to race.

A gaming saloon once bustling with people is now empty.

Computer screens left unattended.

One of the classrooms on the first floor in a school.

There is still a mark below the blackboard showing the level of the tsunami wave.

On the blackboard in the classroom are words written by former residents, schoolchildren, and workers in an attempt to keep up the morale of all of the victims, including “We can do it, Fukushima!”

There are currently approximately 360 cattle owned by Masami Yoshizawa who returned to his farm after the disaster.

The cracks in the earth were caused by the earthquake.

A stack of radiation-contaminated televisions.

A motorbike left next to a lamppost in 2011.

Since the disaster weeds have grown over much of the bike’s wheel.


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