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Here's What Fukushima Looks Like, Five Years On

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Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent

clockMar 14 2016, 20:13 UTC
396 Here's What Fukushima Looks Like, Five Years On
Workers of Fukushima Daiichi by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The Fukushima disaster was the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in Ukraine. It was the consequence of a 9.0 earthquake (the most powerful ever recorded in Japan) and a devastating tsunami, which killed almost 16,000 people.

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The tsunami caused a meltdown at three of Fukushima's six reactors, and forced the evacuation of 100,000 people. 

Now, five years on, Getty photographer Christopher Furlong has taken a tour inside the Fukushima Daiichi power plant that is being decommissioned after the meltdown. He photographed the trained professionals that are working to decontaminate the area.

Take a look at some of his insightful images below.

Damage to No. 3 reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Workers continue the decontamination and reconstruction process at the base of the reactors. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Workers are scanned for radiation exposure after returning from working outside. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 


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