See the Eerie Photos of a Nuclear Ghost Town
Since then towns within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Power Plant have been blocked off under quarantine. 170,000-200,000 people abandoned their homes,leaving their possessions behind to escape radiation poisoning. Now the restricted area is prohibited to all excluding those engaged in emergency response.
Now 5 years later, a Malaysian photographer has managed to sneak into the "red zone" of Fukushima. His eerie photographs give us an insight into the destruction and abandonment that followed the disaster.
Keow Wee Loong illegally sneaked into the Fukushima exclusion zone on June 4. The 27-year-old avoided the process of obtaining a special permit that would have taken at-least a month. On top of that, being short of money, he couldn't afford a full body safety suit, and opted for just a gas mask and a hoodie. Reckless and foolhardy, to say the least.
Keow alongwith a friend spent 13 hours, trekking 16.1 miles across Fukushima, much beyond the permitted five hours in the exclusion zone. They witnessed a city stuck in time with calendars forever open on March 2011, the days newspapers stacked in yellowing piles.
Fukushima is now a reminder of sorts, a testament to the destructive power of nuclear fission. To view more photos, visit Loong's facebook page.