Inside Japan’s “Zone of Alienation”



Journalists have been visiting the abandoned towns caught in the 20km evacuation zone surrounding the ruined Fukusimi Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, revealing mildly radioactive ghost towns and packs of abandoned animals amidst the unrepaired devastation of the earthquake and tsunami, all of which have inspired unpleasant parallels to the “Zone of Alienation” surrounding Chernobyl.

Photographs from a Chinese journalist:


The horses would likely have died from simple dehydration rather than anything radiation related.

A rather less melodramatic but no less illustrative video report, with a reporter approaching to within 1.5km of the stricken plant:

At the levels of radiation recorded, humans would exceed their maximum acceptable annual radiation doses in days or hours, although even at these levels there would be no immediate danger to health.

For comparison, in the abandoned town of Pripyat near Chernobyl ambient radiation exposure is several hundred times higher than the levels seen in the town above.


The sheer genius of building 4 nuclear reactors mere metres from a shore regularly battered by tsunami will doubtless be remembered for some time.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    poor horse...

    Comment by Anonymous

    and you can't even eat it due to the radiation...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That there horse drowned dude! It was trapped inside and looks to have been unable to escape before Drowning~ depending on how long it's been dead, it's still edible~~~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet that the horse was banned from eating because of radiation. By Ishi, of course.

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    Comment by blue_bacon
    03:34 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    2:38 Road to Silent Hill.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Silent Hill: Nuclear Downpour

    "Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and a radioactive Pyramid Head"

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    Comment by TC-man
    05:58 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    ... with zombies!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    A zombie horse would be fucking terrifying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    with zombie horses!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:22 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    zombies riding zombie horses

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Real zombies ride each other!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:07 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    zombies horses riding zombies

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    big boob zombies riding zombie horses.. dulahan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:23 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    zombies of brown skin

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Wow, I guess em Chinese are so accustomed to pollutions in China, they've became physically radiation prove and thus brave enough to enter the 20km zone. Kudos to the Chinese journalist who brought us these eye opening photographs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Chinese FEAR NOTHING!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, they drive on bridges built of garbage...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Somehow this turned into an anti-Chinese thread...

    Why all the hate?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Consider which website this is, and then you will know.

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    Comment by dewert
    18:46 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf those aren't china reporters you fools.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That place is safer than China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe the chinese man was wearing a raincoat copied from radiation suits. they're good at that

    Comment by Anonymous

    I would have thought there would be at least some looters, not necessarily Chinese. I wonder how difficult it is to get a radiation suit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Consider how fucked up China can be. It's no suprising they can be seem tough as nails to outsiders. Chances are whatever shit the rest of the world can throw at a Chinese, he's just gonna brush it off cause he's already seem 10x as worse shit at home.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's a scientific fact that after nuclear holocaust, only the cockroaches and the Chinese people would be left alive. With the cockroaches soon becoming extinct being all eaten by the Chinese.

    Chinese will rule the world whether we like it nor not...

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    Comment by 2141UKTUKODEP
    09:34 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, calm down hordes of anon, the journalist probably wear some sort of gas mask or something. They are still human, you know... and it's not like they are doing anything inappropriate, they are just merely reporting news, don't have to go and band against them like that...
    ...sigh, all this hatred for Chinese, all thanks to a certain website article writer who name started with "A"

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because chinese are so accustomed to garage in their homeland, eating toxic sewage would be like having a bowl of cereal in the morning for them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    As soon as I saw "Chinese" in the article, I knew a tard like you would appear in the comments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Says the lazy idiots who didn't even maintain their own plants... I guess cowardice is to blame for all this, right!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Doesn't building a nuclear power plant near the ocean provide the advantage of a large water supply? I know that sea water is not ideal for cooling reactors, but I assume that the reactor is located at the mouth of the river, meaning that when they use freshwater from the river to cool down the reactors (under normal operating conditions) the mildly radioactive D2O water can be dumped into the ocean to be diluted instead of putting it back into the river to contaminate the cities down-stream.

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    Comment by Red
    04:55 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Now that You mention it...
    Radiation + water fauna = Godzilla

    Comment by Anonymous

    *squeals* D:

    Comment by Anonymous

    Just as planned

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    Comment by Yourtime
    05:53 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think this is the reason why the most are built near water in japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not just in Japan. I live near a lakeshore in Canada and there's a nuclear power plant just a couple km down the shore for me.

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    Comment by Yourtime
    09:16 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    arg that's hard x_x

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    plus that, the region where the nuclear plants were built was not chosen because it is "regularly battered by tsunami", but because it is a rural and not so well developed area. that place has been economically stagnated for decades before they built those plants. more than that, it is strategically a good place, not so close to the big cities (i.e. Tokyo) but not so far away too (what would demand large investments in energy transmission).

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The water current that's used to cool the reactor is in a closed loop, the reason why you want to be near the ocean is because the two exchange heat through a heat conducting barrier.

    However there are other means of doing this.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:49 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also to skimp on cooling towers as the plant seems to lack the typical conical cooling towers seen on the ones in the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks for clarifying that. This is why I come to sankaku everyday: to learn about the inner workings of nuclear reactors. I am now one step closer to surviving a zombie apocalypse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well... There have been reports of highschool of the dead, which is about that. So you're in the right spot to learn kid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Very haunting images that show a startling resemblance with Chernobyl - Everything left behind like a moment frozen in time.

    I feel bad for the animals just to be left to starve like that. Too bad they couldn't be relocated. But then again, there is the eventuality they might die of cancer later in life. The longer they remain, the worse it will be. They should be given a chance though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Fukushima

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    04:18 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The thing that bothers me is that who ever owned the horses didn't just let them out to graze.

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    Comment by H-Ero
    04:10 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I should probably feel bad for the victims but those pics are just too eerily cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first image looks like Japan before rush hour. Hope to see the streets filled with people once again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Poor horse, they should have freed it before leaving..

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would love to film there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This story has only just begun.

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