Second-Biggest Nuclear Disaster Turns Japanese Town into a Place of Desolation


Japan was shaken by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake that lasted six minutes four years ago. A nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex followed, when it was hit by a colossal tsunami following the earthquake.

In order to document the progress—or lack thereof—of cleaning and restoring the area, Polish filmmaker and photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski recently traveled to Fukushima.

This was a fully functional school gymnasium just a few years ago.


This dismal landscape that is still struggling to recover from the nuclear disaster was discovered by Podniesinski.


Establishments were destroyed, and this dilapidated store was one of them.

These black sacks can be found everywhere, and they have managed to blend in with the scenery.


The soil in the contaminated area is being cleaned by nearly 20,000 workers who visit the place everyday. They place the top layer of the soil, which is most contaminated, into sacks that are later on delivered to a dump site.

The earthquake in 2011 made this crack in the ground.

There are about 360 cattle still left on the Masami Yoshizawa farm near Fukushima.



Following the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power station, about 160,000 people living nearby were forced to evacuate.

Families were divided and mistakenly sent to areas that were contaminated with even more radiation due, proving implausible negligence and inffeciency. Nearly 160,000 people had to be evacuated, many of whom still couldn’t return to their homes.

A computer lab was left to ruin at a local school.


These rusting and abandoned vehicles, along with the racetrack, was once booming with people.


A technological necropolis


The town is still lies in ruin and disarray.


The Fukushima nuclear meltdown was extraordinarily devastating and is considered the second-biggest nuclear disaster after Chernobyl.



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