Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

March 11, 2011 Fukushima-1, located in the eponymous Japanese city, a powerful earthquake and tsunami that killed about 16 thousand human lives, there was a major radiation accident. Natural disaster brought down not only system power stations, but also the back-up generators, which caused a lack of cooling nuclear reactors.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

after it became aware of serious radiation contamination, the government decided to evacuate more than 160 thousand people who lived near the plant. In addition, the 20-kilometer exclusion zone was set up around the plant operating to this day.

Within a few weeks, the world's eyes were glued to the nuclear power plant "Fukushima Daiichi". Its security system could not cope with the damage caused by the tsunami, and the odds that a catastrophic meltdown of the reactor radiation will spread to several countries, as it was in Chernobyl in 1980. Heroic attempt to save the reactor, including the discharge of seawater into its core, helped to prevent a serious accident. Hundreds of thousands of people are still being evacuated from the disaster zone, and the restoration of infrastructure and clearing will require hundreds of billions of dollars and many years.

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Now the former residents of the town were allowed to return to their homes once a month, at the same time for safety reasons they are not allowed to stay overnight. Recently, a Reuters publication photographers joined one of these monthly visits.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

The deserted streets of the village Namie (some already call it "ghost town"), where about 20 thousand people.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

A ruined coastline Namie village.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

The small monument to the victims of the disaster near one of the abandoned houses.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

Gymnasium Primary School in Namie.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

The woman leaning on the damaged grave of his relative.

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Work gets rid of the wild vegetation near Namie.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

View from the window of an abandoned house.

Photos are strongly reminiscent of the recent pictures from the place of the Chernobyl disaster, which occurred April 26, 1986.

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Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

The destroyed hospital in Chernobyl.

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

Attraction "Ferris Wheel" in Pripyat

Fukushima was the second Chernobyl

Since the Chernobyl accident took place 33 years old, and the city looks the same as it left the residents with an emergency evacuation. Most likely, Fukushima face the same fate as the city and its surroundings will not be habitable for a long time. Do you think there is a chance of repetition of such a catastrophe? Write what you think about it, in our Telegram-chat.