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Photographer Sneaks Into The Fukushima Exclusion Zone And Shows The World The Real-Life Fallout

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

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1. Looting?

Unlike Chernobyl, Fukushima has not been looted by humans yet.

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2. However...

The supermarket has been raided by animals left behind.

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3. Serenity

This is the bookstore.

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4. Brusha-Brusha

This mouthwash is still sealed from 2011.

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5. Pornography

These magazines were issued in March of 2011 and remain untouched.

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6. Laundry Day

Most citizens left in extreme rushes, some leaving behind their laundry. Yen coins can be seen scattered everywhere.

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7. Namie supermarket

With many items still placed neatly on shelves.

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8. Video Rentals

This video rental store features movie posters from 2011 but most of the store is filled with hentai.

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9. More magazines...

Like a time capsule, these magazines were also issued back in March of 2011.

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10. Time stands still.

Where has time stopped? Towns: Okuma, Namie, Futaba, Tamioka

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11. Okuma Town Barricades

They didn't stop the photographer, though.

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12. Abandoned

This unopened PS2 was found in an abandoned home.

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13. Namie Pub

This pub was abandoned in the disaster.

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14. A Gold Mine?

This abandoned CD shop has no shortage of limited edition CD's.

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15. Namie Train Station

Eerie, when abandoned.

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