Inside Fukushima

Radioactive waste are scattered across the town, evidence of the immense efforts to contain the nuclear fallout.

By Poppy Mocha


The Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 at 2.46 pm on Friday 11 March 2011 did considerable damage in the region, though the nuclear reactors in Fukushima proved to be seismically sound, it did not stand against the huge tsunami that the earthquake had triggered. The place has since been contaminated with radioactive waste leaked from the generators and sealed off to the public and press. Labeled as red zones, or no-go zones, getting a permit to enter is exceptionally hard. Even for its former residents, they are only allowed a few hours to grab their belongings and leave.

Keow Wee Loong, a Malaysian Photographer managed to sneak into the desolated town of Okuma to give us a glimpse of the aftermath of the nuclear disaster. The once densely populated town is in an erie standstill, everything was left the way it is when the Tsunami hit.

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image via Keow Wee Loong

Radioactive waste are scattered across the town, evidence of the immense efforts to contain the nuclear fallout.

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image via Keow Wee Loong

Roads to red zones are blocked up with barriers like these, cops regularly patrol the surroundings to deter intruders. Keow avoided the roads and snuck in the town through the forested areas.

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image via Keow Wee Loong

Stores are still well stocked, other than the mess caused by the earthquake it was clear that there was’nt any looting. “I can find food,money,gold,laptop and other valuables in the red zone” Keow said. “I’m amazed that no one looted this town clean”.

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image via Keow Wee Loong

Keow hopes that these photos, just like Chernobyl serve as a reminder of the environmental impacts of nuclear disasters and to avoid using nuclear energy. “Well this is the devastating effects of using nuclear energy. residents lives in fukushima will never be the same again”.

Check out the full set of photos here!