Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski recently travelled to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. When he obtained permits to enter the 20km (12.5 mile) Exclusion Zone he found what looked like a post-apocalyptic film.

Podniesinski is known for previously photographing the area around the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

“It is not earthquakes or tsunami that are to blame for the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but humans,” writes Podniesinski on his website.

He undertook the project so that he could draw his “own conclusions without being influenced by any media sensation, government propaganda, or nuclear lobbyists who are trying to play down the effects of the disaster, and pass on the information obtained to as wider a public as possible.”

Abandoned vehicles are swallowed up by nature on a stretch of road near the power plant


Some of the cars have entirely disappeared in the wild grass


Podniesinski shows a radiation reading of 6.794 uSv/h


A chained-up motorcycle is slowly absorbed into the field


These contaminated televisions were collected and piled up as part of the cleaning efforts


Cobwebs hang above the scattered products in this abandoned supermarket


The supermarket looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie


This abandoned school computer lab covered in animal droppings is from a village near the plant


A dining table with portable cookers ready to prepare food looks like it was left in a hurry


These go-karts were in an entertainment park located within the 12.5 mile exclusion zone


Musical instruments including a piano litter the floor of a classroom


The earthquake which started the tsunami damaged buildings like this school gymnasium


These bicycles were left behind when residents fled


Classes were interrupted mid-lesson by the disaster, and there is still a mark under the board showing the level of the tsunami wave. On the board, several messages are written including “stupid TEPCO” and “Don’t give up, live on!”


An empty arcade


Cash desk in a gaming saloon


This aerial photo taken by a drone shows one of the dump sites that contain thousands of bags of contaminated soil


Bags of radioactive soil are stacked one on top of the other to save space


Landowners have been told that these contaminated bags will be disposed of, but many remain sceptical


Cows started to get white spots on their skin soon after the accident. One farmer believes this is due to the cows eating contaminated grass


The cracks in the earth were caused by the earthquake


The sign reads “Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future”


This message reads “Local nuclear energy guarantees a lively future”


For more information and images, visit Arkadiusz Podniesinski’s website by clicking here.