How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski travelled to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last month to see the location with his own eyes. When he obtained permits to enter the roughly 20km (12.5 mile) Exclusion Zone, he was confronted with a scene similar to one from a post apocalyptic film. Podniesinski previously photographed the area around the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
“It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans,” writes Podniesinski on his website. He undertook the project 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.”
Some of the cars have entirely disappeared in the wild grass
Podniesinski shows a radiation reading of 6.7 uSv/h
A chained-up motorcycle is slowly absorbed into the field


 These contaminated televisions were collected and piled up as part of the cleaning efforts
 Cobwebs hang above the scattered products in this abandoned supermarket
 Another photo from within a supermarket feels eerily similar to those from post-apocalyptic movies
 This abandoned computer lab covered in animal droppings is from a village near the plant
 A dining table with portable cookers ready to prepare food looks like it was left in haste
 These go-karts have had their last race in an entertainment park located within the 12.5mile exclusion zone
 Musical instruments including a piano litter the floor of this classroom
 The earthquake which started the tsunami damaged buildings as well
 These bicycles were left behind when residents fled
 Classes were interrupted mid-lesson by the disaster
 An empty arcade, now without patrons
 This aerial photo taken by a drone shows one of the dump sites that contain thousands of bags of contaminated soil
 Bags of radioactive soil are stacked one on top of the other to save space
 Landowners have been told that these contaminated bags will be disposed of, but many people remain skeptical
 Cows started to get white spots on their skin soon after the accident. One farmer believes this is due to the cows eating contaminated grass
“Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future” reads the sign