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Feb 26, 2016

Fukushima 5 Years Later by Arkadiusz Podniesiński

Fukushima 5 Years Later by Arkadiusz Podniesiński

On March 11th, 2011 an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. The imagery still seems surreal when you see it again.
One of the biggest disasters to happen in the wake of the tsunami and earthquake was the partial destruction of the Fukushima nuclear plant. It caused a radiation leak not seen since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
The clean up is still going on in Fukushima and Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesiński has stayed in the affected area and has a very compelling photo story depicting life inside the zone.

Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Dump sites with sacks of contaminated soil are usually located on arable land. To save space they are stacked in layers, one on top of the other. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Millions of sacks. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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One of thousands of dump sites with sacks of radioactive soil. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Residential building with a view over one of the waste dumps with radioactive soil. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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The checkpoint in front of the Fukushima II power station. In the background a building of one of the reactors. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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A school in Futaba. A dosimeter showing a radiation level of (2,3 uSv/h). Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Deserted streets in Futaba. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Kikuyo Tani in front of the entrance to her house. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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The guest room. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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A message of propaganda above one of the main streets of Futaba – „Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future”. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Go-Kart racing track. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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One of the abandoned cars. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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One of the abandoned cars. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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The current radiation level reading (6,7 uSv/h). Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Hairdresser’s. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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A room. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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A restaurant. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Inside the house. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Kouichi Nozawa, Youko’s husband, in a room in temporary housing. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Youko Nozawa takes me to the temporary housing she was moved to after weeks of moving from place to place during the evacuation. Being invited inside is quite a privilege and a demonstration of trust for the Japanese, who value their privacy. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Gaming saloon. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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One of the classrooms on the first floor in the 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, such as / we will be reborn / we can do it, Fukushima! / stupid TEPCO / we were rivals in softball, but always united in our hearts! / We will definitely be back! / Despite everything now is precisely the beginning of our rebirth / I am proud to have graduated from the Ukedo primary school / Fukushima is strong / Don’t give up, live on! / Ukedo primary school, you can do it! / if only we could return to our life by the sea / it’s been two years now and Ukedo primary school is the same as it was on 11 March 2011, this is the beginning of a rebirth. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Gymnasium. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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School computers. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Children’s musical instruments. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Remains of destruction in the aftermath of the tsunami. A photograph from the school’s observation tower. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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The primary school building that survived is situated a mere 300 metres from the ocean. On the tower, as in all of the classrooms, there are clocks which stopped at the moment the tsunami came (at the time the power went off). Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Abandoned vehicles. They can’t be removed until the owners give their consent. In the background the hills to which the schoolchildren escaped. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Off-licence. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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Abandoned motorcycle. Credits: Arkadiusz Podniesiński

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