Take a Look Inside Fukushima’s Nuclear Disaster Exclusion Zone
Lifestyle| | By Lauren Boudreau
Nearly five years have passed since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and things still look pretty much the same. The disaster, which occurred when a tsunami crashed on the shores following the most powerful earthquake in Japan’s history and wiped out three reactor cores, caused hundreds of thousands of people to forcibly leave their homes, leaving laundry still in the machines and valuables still in homes.
Now, we get a raw look inside the exclusion zone thanks to 27-year-old Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong, who sneaked into the site illegally. On the now viral photos of the site, Loong wrote that he didn’t want to bother with getting permits, so he went through the woods to avoid police. He told Time, that he didn’t have enough money to buy a radiation suit, so it’s not yet known if or how much radiation he was exposed to or if he will be sought after by authorities.
In the mean time, however, take a look at some of the more powerful photos of what life looks like when it’s put on hold.