posted on Mar, 30 2013 @ 08:56 AM
I have always been somewhat mesmerized by the pictures of Pripyat and surrounding areas after the Chernobyl disaster, there is something just eerie
and otherworldly about a town abandoned in an emergency and left (mostly) untouched for so many years.
Now, Google has sent their street view vehicles through Namie-machi, an area of Fukushima that has been abandoned since the earthquake, tsunami, and
Google Japan Official Blog
Two years have passed since the disaster, but people still aren’t allowed to enter Namie-machi. Many of the displaced townspeople have asked to see
the current state of their city, and there are surely many people around the world who want a better sense of how the nuclear incident affected
Working with Google, we were able to drive Street View cars through Namie-machi to capture panoramic images of the abandoned city exactly as it stands
today. Starting today, this Street View imagery is available on Google Maps and the Memories for the Future site, so anyone from Namie or around the
world can view it.
Take a look on the Blog, you can use the maps straight from the page or click the links and open it full screen. As you may expect, nothing from the
disaster has been cleaned up in over two years. Buildings can still be seen collapsed into the streets, boats in the middle of grassy areas, and
garbage strewn all around. The one thing missing from this area so far in comparison to Pripyat is the vandalism, and the area is mostly untouched
since March of 2011.
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edit on 30-3-2013 by CalibratedZeus because: Added