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Four Years Later The Fukushima Power Plant Disaster Has Left Ghost-town’s In It’s Wake

The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station began on 11 March 2011, after Japan was hit by a tsumani. This disaster was the largest of its kind since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. As a result, large amounts of radioactive material were released into the surrounding areas.

One of the areas which was affected the worst was the nearby town of Namie. Following the meltdown, it’s 21,000 residents were quickly evacuated and, due to the prevalence of the radioactive material still present, have not been allowed to return to this day.

Today, over four years later, Namie is an irradiated ghost town. The jarring reality of this can be seen at Namie Elementary School. School bags and music instruments still sit in their places from when it was hastily evacuated in 2011.

While the government will not allow residents to return home, the Google Street View team was allowed to visit the school and surrounding town. The photos they took are completely heartbreaking.

1. This is the current overgrown exterior of the school.

The overgrown exterior of the school.