These photos taken by Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski offer us a never seen before look at the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. After receiving permission to enter the 12.5 mile exclusion zone Podniesinski was confronted with scenes that you’d normally only see in a post apocalyptic movie.
Cars, buildings and homes left abandoned, many of which are slowly being reclaimed by nature as they become covered in moss and vegetation. Podniesinski went to the exclusion zone so that he could draw his “own conclusions without being influenced by any media sensation, government propaganda, or nuclear lobbyists who are trying to play down the effects of the disaster, and pass on the information obtained to as wider a public as possible.”
He came to the conclusion that “It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans.”
Cars on a road near to the power plant are slowly swallowed up.
Some of them have completely disappeared.
A chained up motorbike slowly being reclaimed.
As part of a cleaning effort contaminated televisions were collected up.
An empty supermarket covered in cobwebs.
This scene is incredibly similar to the sort of thing you’d see in a post apocalyptic movie.
This is an abandoned computer lab near to the plant that is now covered in animal droppings.
A dining table with portable cookers that was clearly left in a hurry.
Go-Karts all lined up and never to be raced again.
A piano and many other musical instruments litter this classroom floor.
A school hall left structurally damaged from the earthquake.
Bicycles left behind.
The disaster caught everyone off guard. Here, a classroom chalkboard still has the same writing from the day of the disaster.
An empty arcade.
This is the dump site for thousands of bags containing contaminated soil.
They’re stacked on top of each other to save space.
Cows started to develop white spots not long after the disaster. Farmers suspect that it’s caused by eating grass from contaminated soil.
The sign reads “Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future.”