In March 2011, a major earthquake of magnitude 9.0, now known as the Great East Japan Earthquake or Tōhoku earthquake, hit Japan’s coast. The disaster, known in Japan as the ‘Great East Japan Earthquake’, took the lives of over 15,000 people.

The area within 12.4miles radius of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power plant was named the ‘red zone’ or the Fukushima Exclusion Zone and is not open to visitors due to safety concerns.

The Malaysian 27-year-old photographer Keow Wee Loong decided to cross the barricades of the nuclear exclusion zone of Fukushima, to photograph Okuma, Namie, Futaba or Tamioka, some ghost towns abandoned after the tsunami. By passing police patrols and borders, Keow Wee Loong trekked his way into the area wearing only a gas mask for protection and captured these haunting never-before-seen images. The photos he shot capture Japanese life in suspended animation, at once surreal and too real.

Never seen before photo of the fukushima exclusion zone. When i enter the red zone, i can feel a burning sensation in my eyes and thick chemical smell in the air. before i went there the authority told me that i need a special permit to visit this town and it take 3-4 weeks to get the approval from the local council,, well too much bureaucracy bullshit for i just sneak in the forest to avoid cops on the road …AND IT WAS AMAZING !!!!!, I still remember what is like to only have a GPS and google map walking in the wood at 2am in the morning to get into the town of okuma,futaba and namie.
Have you ever wonder what is like in fukushima exclusion zone now ??? . to feel what is like to be the only person walking in the town when you have 100% full access to every shop and explore??. when i was young i always had a dream like this, If i’m alone in a supermarket i will eat all the chocolate up XD ….
everything is exactly where it is after the earthquake struck this town . the reident started to evacuate the town when tsunami warning came in ….hours later the fukushima daichi power plant exploded that lead to harmful radiation leaked.
The radiation level is still very high in the red zone. not many people seen this town for the last 5 years…is like it vanished … i can find food,money,gold,laptop and other valuable in the red zone….I’m amaze that nobody looted this town clean. unlike chernobyl the entire town is been looted clean. this is the difference between chernobyl disaster and the fukushima disaster

– Keow Wee Loong

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