Contaminated Landscape in Namie District
Radiation levels 28 to 38 times above normal. The normal rate before the Fukushima nuclear disaster was 0.08 microsieverts an hour.
As autumn approaches, leaves turn gold in a forest near Tsushima Village, in the district of Namie. Nestled in between mountains in a beautiful green valley, Tsushima lies close to the 20km exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Despite being outside the zone it is heavily contaminated, as winds blew radioactive fallout from the triple meltdown in its direction for three days. Citizens were exposed to high levels of radiation. Although the authorities had information showing this would happen, no one was warned. Thousands of the village's inhabitants have now been evacuated and are living in temporary homes in Nihonmatsu. Whether they will be able to return to their villages remains an open question.
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Images of contaminated landscapes in the Fukushima area, in preparation for the one year anniversary of the Japanese tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disasters.