On the 11th March 2011 the east coast of Japan was struck by tsunami following the Tohoku earthquake, the following day the world held its breath as the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant went into meltdown due to the loss of coolant. Around 160,000 people were evacuated from the area and today 120,000 are still unable to return to their homes, schools and places of work.
So, four years on we are able to see what happens to a thriving town when humans have been removed. Well the guy who recently visited Chernobyl, Arkadiusz Podniesinski has also been to Fukushima and the images he has brought back are haunting. Like the images from Chernobyl, Arkadiusz Podniesinski has captured Fukushima as nature slowly reclaims the area.
Roads are almost completely covered with grass and plants. Yet the most haunting of the images are from the inside of buildings, here we see life carrying on as normal until the evacuation and then almost everything has been left as it was, this is a vision of what would happen to the planet if one day humans disappeared, the planet would simply and slowly erase the fact that we were ever here.