How can we forget the disastrous day of March 11, 2011, the day when earthquake and tsunami hit Fukushima? What was even more horrifying was the radioactive accident at the ‘Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station’ that resulted from the natural calamities. The high magnitude shakes and huge tsunami made nuclear reactors meltdown, and also released a devastating amount of radioactive substances. This made it impossible for people to live in the area and its neighbouring regions; therefore, it was soon abandoned. The serious aftermaths did not even allow the residents to pack their bags properly. They had to run for their lives leaving behind all that was once theirs. Most of the places are still cloaked with ill effects of the nuclear accident and remains to be desolate. However, the place where people could not muster courage to reside, nature has showed up, once again, in its best form.
Arkadiusz Podniesinski, photographer from Poland, has come up with images that show how Mother Nature has overpowered harsh chemicals and flourished in full fervour.
1. The meter displays a radiation of 6.7 uSv/h. This shows that even after four years, the place remains dangerous.
2. The earthquake having a magnitude of 9.0 has turned huge mansions into debris and this school play area is an example of the disaster caused.
3. The earthquake split the ground into two and government warned people from going to the area.
4. The bikes which people left behind still remain in the parking lot.
5. The effects of the quakes are visible in the places till date.
6. The market squares have goods piled up in the racks as well as scattered in the grounds and for years they have been lying there.
7. Time seems to have frozen in the writings of the black boards which were last used in 2011.
8. The dining table holds back the memories of the day when the meal was served but stayed untouched.
9. Spider webs fill the shopping complex making it evident that the place has been desolate for years.
10. Fukushima is all-green now, defying the cruelty it was meted out with.
11. Vegetation has cropped up and has touched every inch of the region.
12. Reclaiming the entire area, nature is bringing back life to Fukushima.
13. Nature is trying its level best to mar the ill effects of the chemical reaction, and we hope that one day it will succeed.
The world could not forget the Chernobyl disaster and Fukushima will also remind us of the dreadful day. But, we wish that it stops posing danger to the population and remains merely a historical event.