Chilling Photos From An Illegal Adventure In Japan's Radioactive Ghost Town

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Chilling Photos From An Illegal Adventure In Japan's Radioactive Ghost Town

Six years ago, on March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake rocked Japan. It was the most powerful in the country's history, stirring up a Tsunami and triggering a nuclear meltdown in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

On that day, three of six reactors overheated when the emergency generators shut down. Without power, the pumps needed to cool the reactors were useless.

The Fukushima Daiichi meltdown will go down in history as the worst nuclear disaster aside from the infamous Chernobyl incident.

In the wake of the Tsunami and accompanying meltdown, those living anywhere near Fukushima Daiichi were forced to evacuate, leaving everything exactly as it was. All these years later, the surrounding towns are still frozen in time.

This series of photos from Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong shed a little light on the lost towns. Accompanied by two friends, Keow snuck into the abandoned areas to document the lonely aftermath.

People left so quickly, they forgot their laundry. A lot of yen coins scattered all around

His photos reveal a place frozen in time. Calendars are permanently open to March 2011. PlayStation 2's sit still in their boxes, left behind in the evacuation rush.

Though Keow entered the areas illegally, he did so believe it was important to document the aftermath.

“I believe in the documentation and preservation of historical events because it can speak volumes about a country’s perseverance and unity during times of turmoil,” the photographer says.

“I went into Fukushima with that mindset — to document the devastating consequences and to spread awareness of the long-lasting effects of nuclear power. I focused on the unfortunate consequences — instead of the improvements — because it would cause people to reflect more. I deeply apologize to the residents of Fukushima if they felt I disrespected their home. My intentions were not malicious.”

What do you think? Was his trip justified in the name of historical documentation?

Find more of Keow's work here.

Fukushima, unlike Chernobyl, has not been looted yet

Abandoned supermarkets got raided by animals that were left behind

Pornographic magazines, issued March, 2011

The book store

Mouthwash from 2011. Still sealed

Video rental shop has a 2011 movie poster outside, half of the inside is filled with hentai videos

Time stopped in towns Okuma, Namie, Futaba, Tamioka

Another huge supermarket in Namie with many items still in place

More magazines from the same date

A box of unopened PS2 in an abandoned home

An abandoned pub in Namie

A lot of limited edition collections can be found in the CD shop

Abandoned train station of Namie

One of the barricades in Okuma town

Via Time

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