What remains of an irradiated, damaged, and abandoned Japanese town

Ars Technica » Scientific Method 2013-03-29

Two years have passed since the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that lead to the nuclear reactor accident in Fukushima, Japan in March 2011. This past month, Tamotsu Baba, mayor of Namie, a town only a few miles north of the nuclear plant, invited Google to explore the city shaken by the earthquake and abandoned following the spread of radiation from Fukushima. This slideshow contains scenes from our virtual exploration of the town that formerly held over 20,000 residents, and now plays home to garbage, a few cleanup crews, and many ghostly abandoned structures.

Top down view

A map of the roads around Namie that you can view with Google Maps. The town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, invited Google to tour the town evacuated in March 2011 following the Fukushima plant disaster.

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