Inside the abandoned homes of Fukushima: Haunting images of the tsunami-ravaged exclusion zone

They are images that reveal the devastation and panic inside the Fukushima exclusion zone.

Homes rocked by the earthquake, the body of a victim of the devastating tsunami, and animals abandoned by panic-stricken owners fleeing the region as the scale of the nuclear disaster emerged.

They are the first pictures of the impact on the lives of those living inside the 12-mile exclusion zone around the crippled nuclear plant.

But the eerie snapshots of a town deserted in a hurry leave one question: will anyone ever go back?

The exclusion zone around Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union - the scene of the worst nuclear disaster in history - remains a derelict wasteground 25 years on.

And it is hard to believe that this decimated area around Fukushima, where the nuclear disaster was today put on the same threat level as Chernobyl, will not be left similarly abandoned.

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  1. Animals are always hurt in disasters - this is often forgotten

  2. Is there a solution? Imagine how many animals have been killed in the latest UK typhoon.

  3. Spacecattain USAMonday, June 06, 2011

    UK Typhoon?

  4. Probably US