Namie ghost town in Japan

Namie ghost town in Japan

Categories: Catastrophes

Two years have passed since the earthquake and tsunami off the east coast of Japan that caused the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant, but the vast territories around the power plant still remain an exclusion zone. Residents of the small village of Namie, north of the emergency nuclear power plant, were evacuated shortly after the earthquake, and were no longer able to return to their homes. Namie has become a ghost town.

At the request of local authorities, Google sent camera-equipped vehicles to Namie to map the streets of the deserted city so that locals could see their abandoned homes. Namie City Mayor Tamotsu Baba wrote on the Google blog: “After the March 2011 earthquake, the whole world moved on, and many cities in Japan began to recover. But for Namie, time has stopped forever. We, the people of the older generation, inherited this city from our ancestors, and it hurts us very much that we could not pass it on to our children.”

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Namie ghost town in Japan

Namie ghost town in Japan

1. A Volkswagen parked near a damaged building in Namie Township. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

2. The streets are overgrown with grass and bushes. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

3. The roof of a house destroyed by an earthquake in 2011 lies on a road in the village of Namie, Japan. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

4. Bicycles are in an abandoned parking lot near the train station in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

5. Fallen headstones lie in a cemetery near the coast. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

6. Empty fishing port in Ukedo. Before the tsunami, there were 140 fishing boats in the port. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

7. Vending machines near the damaged building. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

8. Fishing boats and garbage lie close to the coast. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

9. The ruins of a house lie on the street in Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

10. Abandoned residential building and overgrown parking lot. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

11. The wreckage of the boats lie near the damaged building in the harbor of Ukedo. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

12. The car is reflected in the mirror near the overgrown road in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

13. A wrecked car near a dam off the coast in Ukedo. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

14. Damaged building in the harbor of Ukedo. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

15. A collapsed house near an empty restaurant in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

16. Surviving building off the coast in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

17. Garbage lies on the road near the Pacific coast in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

18. A dilapidated house stands in a field in the area affected by the tsunami. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

19. Monument near the road near the coast in Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

20. Wrecked vehicles on the road in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

21. Most of the roads in Namie end in a dead end. They are either destroyed by the earthquake or lead to the exclusion zone. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

22. Another collapsed house in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

23. Wrecked cars lie in a field near the coast in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

24. Fishing nets lie in an abandoned prayer house in Ukedo. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

25. Crows sit on the bridge over the river Ukedo in the village of Namie. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

26. The tractor stands among the thickets of grass. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

27. Ukedo Elementary School building. All 92 of her students managed to evacuate before the tsunami. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

28. Elementary school in Ukedo. (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

29. The inscription on the school board reads: “I love Ukedo Elementary School. I will definitely be back". (© Google, Inc.)

Namie ghost town in Japan

30. In the distance, the buildings of the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant rise. View from the rooftop of Ukedo Elementary School. (© Google, Inc.)

Keywords: Ghost town | Abandoned | Fukushima | Japan

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