Inside Fukushima's Exclusion Zone

By Alexis C. Madrigal

"The silence and the stillness were something I've only ever heard in Chernobyl." -- Donald Weber, photographer

In the weeks after the March 11 earthquake in Japan, photographer Donald Weber headed into the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan. Weber is an experienced hand at photographing what he called "wastelands" because he'd documented the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine. VBS, Vice magazine's video wing, caught up with Weber, and put together this excellent video. The photos of abandoned apartments are haunting.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/04/inside-fukushimas-exclusion-zone/237610/