Inside The Fukushima Radioactive Wasteland: A Trip Through The "Exclusion Zone"

Tyler Durden's picture

One month ago, we showed an eerie, drone's-eye-view of the radioactive wasteland that is Fukushima, courtesy of the following video clip showcasing the toxic area located just 200 miles away from the venue of the 2020 summer Olympics.


But while the scenery from above was dramatic, what about life on the actual ground? Because just like with Chernobyl, the world may have been eager to move on and leave the wasteland on its own, the empty ghost towns that neighbor ground zero remain stuck in time. This is the "exclusion zone," and it’s one of the most radioactive places on Earth.

Inside the zone, chunks are ripped out of buildings, totaled cars lie on the street, and clocks are stopped at the moment the tsunami struck. Nature is slowly taking over the houses and possessions of those who once called this place home.

"I feel like I’m in a parallel world," says Norikatsu Nakazato, who is only rarely allowed to visit his family’s 110-year-old house. "I don’t think I’ll be able to live here again in this lifetime."

Fusion’s Tim Pool took a trip to the heart of the exclusion zone in October to talk with Nakazato and other survivors who refuse to leave, one of whom gives the following poignant answer when asked why he won't leave and whether he is scared. He answer is no, because "I just gave up."

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junction's picture

That Fukushima radiation is pounding the West Coast but the EPA has shut down its radiation monitoring gear. 

Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) junction Nov 10, 2015 9:53 PM

A nice donation to the Clinton camp and Obama's library of Hitler/Marx unity works magic on the radiation levels don't ya know. Besides Yellen the troll needs Japan printing Yen full time.

Manthong's picture

TEPCO has been lying their teeth off about this from the get-go.

The US does not want to acknowledge the long term effects on us here.

logicalman's picture

When I first heard about Fukushima I said that this had the potential to be an unbelievably serious situation.

I also said that I hoped I was wrong.


philipat's picture

The half-life of Ce-137 is 30 years, so maybe the USG figures it still has plenty of time to react? Like perhaps AFTER the cancer rates on the West Coast, especially SoCal have been "noticed"?

And let's hope that the BOJ can also print Tuna?

Wait What's picture

what's the difference between an El Nino year and a Fukushima induced spike in Pacific Ocean temperatures?

We will sure as fuck find out when cancer rates spike on the US West Coast.

Those 70 degree ocean waves you're surfing in, on yeah, totally normal, totally healthy... is what Wait What told his peers just a few weeks ago.

Macchendra's picture

Fucking environmentalists!







Manthong's picture

“Those 70 degree ocean waves you're surfing in”

Nothing like surfing off of Santa Cruz in October without a wet suit and having that warm feeling inside.

tarabel's picture



Maybe with all that radiation, the Californians will mutate back to normalcy.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) junction Nov 10, 2015 11:13 PM

This is the end, I knew it when it happened.

It was Neptune final degree of Aquarius and month later it came home to Pisces.

I said "the revenge of the fishes" and plutonium began to flow into the ocean.

Billings Montana was highest radiation in the nation several months in a row.

you know I never bought into the Aquarian Age, the zodiac ends with Pisces and we have been in

the Picean age for 2000 years, these have been the end times and the final age of man.

Jesus  was what he said he was the alpha and omega.

The age of Pisces, the age of faith, the age of truth...that which can not be changed.

That is God.



mc225's picture

i never understood how aquarius could be after pisces, when they're the opposite in the months. aquarius is basically february, and pisces is basically march; so how would the age of aquarius arrive after pisces anyway?

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Chris Dakota (not verified) mc225 Nov 12, 2015 7:38 AM

The ages travel in reverse, before this was the age of Aries when the Jews blew the Rams horn while facing the horizon at sunrise.

The down votes above indicate how little faith exists anymore.

Sad for you, the next years will be terrible in your condition.

BarkingCat's picture

I live in Seattle and took my own readings little over a month ago. There was no elevated radiation levels present.
Maybe they are a minute amount increased but I don't know that as I don't have baseline readings from before
the incident to compare to.
What I did see is readings that looked perfectly normal.

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Raymond_K._Hessel (not verified) BarkingCat Nov 11, 2015 4:56 AM

Try doing so before and after it rains.

At current levels there's little problem.

The issue is what will stop the levels of less dangerous but more persistent irradiating isotopes from continuing to rise.

As the site continues to bleed several kinds of radioactivity into the water you can absolutely count on increasing bg levels.

So to split the baby a bit - levels now are low and will be low for a while. But in the longer term, years (decades) from now unless the ongoing flow is stopped there will surely be serious problems. To claim otherwise is frankly batshit crazy.

OldPhart's picture

In 1975 my family hosted a Japanese exchange student for a year while we went to high school.  It's been a while, but I think his name was Ozuki Ijitiwa.  And he was from Fukushima Prefect.  He was a farm kid, so ranch life didn't phase him so much.  Though he did freak a bit over skinning and eating a rattlesnake.  Nice guy, my age, around 14 or 15, and he was pretty sharp, mentally.  Spoke english fairly well with just a trace of that japanese accent.  I did my best to teach him how to say "fuck you" with a perfect California Accent, a Beaner Accent, a goatroper accent, and an eastern accent.  Taught him a few choice spanish words "hijo de puta!", and introduced him to some of the looser girls on campus.  He was exotic enough to be a rock star next to a chore-slave like me.

Last correspondence was back in 1989, when we moved back to California from Florida I lost the address.

Looking at that first video, it's almost easy to forget that the town was hit by a sixty foot wave.  That car sitting between the railroad tracks is testament to the power of it.  The damaged houses are testiment to it.  But it's easy to think that all that devastation was caused by neglect or by the radiation from the Nuclear Plants.  The devastation from them is invisible.  But it is weird to see trees, bushes and grasses continuing on without any seeming damage.

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Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) Nov 10, 2015 9:54 PM

Give me dat Fricassee, watasi wa radioactive and if you live in the violent communist state of California then your good as dead.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

What, Oregon and Washington are immune?

carbonmutant's picture

All you need to see is somebody with a radiation detector scanning food in a farmer's market in Oregon to understand the public reaction to our times...

OldPhart's picture

Stater Brothers banned me from scanning meats and seafood.  They said it frightened the other customers.


It scared the shit out of me!

NoWayJose's picture

Fox Biz moderators doing a nice job. Every candidate doing well in explaining their positions (even if some positions are not right).

Fukushima Fricassee's picture
Fukushima Fricassee (not verified) NoWayJose Nov 10, 2015 9:58 PM

Why is the Ohio Gov. a republican? He should be sucking Hillary's dick.

hotrod's picture

How does a country with a 300% debt to GDP ratio develop infrastructure for an Olympics?  No money is made on these events.

logicalman's picture

Just another way to shear the sheople.

One they'll go along with, without question.


nnnnnn's picture
nnnnnn (not verified) hotrod Nov 10, 2015 10:47 PM



kuroda called it peter pan economy himself  

japans economy is an unicorn from scratch

it did never exist from the beginning

agNau's picture

Remember the system's life depends on ever increasing debt.
Moar printing is always the answer.

NoPension's picture

Been nothing on the major media, not even National Geographic or The Learning Channel.

So this must be pretty much under control.

They should be able to move back in another 10 or 20 thousand years.

logicalman's picture

Plutonium has a half life of about 80 million years.

After 10 half lives, it's pretty much all gone away.

MOX - Uranium and Plutonium.

Full breach of containment.

Safe to move back in 800 million years.

Colonel Klink's picture

There's never been a better time to buy in this improving neighborhood!  Just think about how much home values will be 800 million years from now!!!

-National Association of Realtards

OldPhart's picture

You won't even have dandilions in your yard.

All the dandilions will be diddledlions!  Those are priceless, and they're all at discounted lows!

This fixer-upper just needs four walls and a roof, at the low price of $14 million it could all be urine.

Matt's picture

Most of the Plutonium goes away much faster than that.

Plutonium-238 has a half-life of 88 years.

Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,000 years. 

Plutonium-240 has a half-life of 6563 years.

Plutonium-241 has a half-life of 14 years.

Plutonium-242 has a half-life of 373,300 years.

Plutonium-243 has a half-life of 5 hours.

Plutonium-244 has a half-life of 80 million years.

Most of it should be 239 and 240 - probably like 70% and 29%. There is only about 9 grams of natural Plutonium-244 in the Earth's crust. Plutonium-244 is not produced in quantity in reactors, only sometimes when a atomic bomb is detonated. 

Raymond_K._Hessel's picture
Raymond_K._Hessel (not verified) Matt Nov 11, 2015 4:58 AM

And cesium? Two very distinct isotopes there, right?

JustObserving's picture

A million cancers may occur:


Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer at Fairewinds, Nov 4, 2015: “It’s been almost 5 years from the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, and the news from Japan is still not good. Two reports recently released in Japan, one by Japanese medical professionals and the second from Tokyo Power Corporation – TEPCO – acknowledged that there will be numerous cancers in Japan, much greater than normal, due to the radioactive discharges from the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi… I believe, as do many of my colleagues, that there will be at least 100,000 and as many as one million more cancers in Japan’s future as a result of this meltdown… [T]he second report received from Japan proves that the incidence of thyroid cancer is approximately230 times higher than normal in Fukushima Prefecture… So what’s the bottom line? The cancers already occurring in Japan are just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sorry to say that the worst is yet to come.

dreadnaught's picture

oh, you gottta be sniffing glue or you work for TEPCO

OldPhart's picture

More likely works for that fuckin' Obama Regime...where's violent regime change where it's really needed?

The best Sun's picture

If this is what that shill Gundersen admits to, the reality is exponentially worse.

Raymond_K._Hessel's picture
Raymond_K._Hessel (not verified) JustObserving Nov 11, 2015 1:00 AM

Just I think Fox or Breitbart must have told some of our fellow 'Hedgers that radioactivity is as wholesome and good as Sean Hannity's haircut.

As noted, when people dont really grasp the ongoing and cumulative nature of radioactivity they consequently dont grasp why a lack of severe and widespread effects now... Does not mean there will not be later.

Which is why we can't have nice things.

OldPhart's picture

Hey, radioactivity makes things all bright and shiny and glowy...It's like a unicorn sneeze, fart, burp and hiccup all at the same time.  Magical things happen!


Is a /sarc necessary here?

Canuckistan Al's picture

is Radiation the new "Brawndo?"

scintillator9's picture

I am glad that we have "best and brightest" taking care of the following in the USA also:

"Low Level Radioactive waste" fire 100 miles from Las Vegas

WIPP storage fire in New Mexico

Underground fire burns near radioactive waste dump in St. Louis area

and these are just some more recent ones, unfortunately.......

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Rubio already knows he has GOP primary backing

Yen Cross's picture

 Is anyone streaming the Republican debate?

  FOX opened up the debate to most cable companies. Just log into and click on the link, or screen.

  Maria "milkduds" Bartiromo, is hosting it.

 Or steal it. ;-)

   I thought Tyler was going to have some drinking games? :-D

NoWayJose's picture

Moderators did a nice job. Big differences came out on military and Middle East and Russia. Everyone is cutting taxes so that is a blur. Some differences on trade agreements and banking rules. Kasich came across as loud and obnoxious. Bush was tepid. Rand had good points but was a little repetitious and limited. Fiorina did good. Cruz did good. Rubio was loud and slick sounding. Carson and Trump did not dominate the stage but both did fine. Battle is in to see if Jeb or Kasich drop out first.

Yen Cross's picture

  Thank You for taking the time to reply.

  Things got a bit dicey at times, but the moderators were pretty good at keeping the candidates on topic.

   No one wants to give up their ACE card, so it's a fine line between promises and reality.

OldPhart's picture

For this one I hit 'ignore'.

I could really give a shit. They're all pretty much the same vermin, owned by the same owners, with the exception of the former democrat, Trump, who I have a really hard time believing.

Not one has called out to End the Fed.  Not one has called out the ownership of our entire whorehouse government.  Not one has called out the deep state that actually runs the shitshow.  Not one has identified what they will do when the dollar collapses.

I've watched this circus from three different rings.  And I don't find the clowns amusing.

Yen Cross's picture

  I Agree. Rand Paul  said the IRS , and Fed should be abolished.

 He just generalized, and didn't give any ideas.

 Marco Rubio is just too young and un-experienced. he sounds like a child.

 He confuses Spanish and English, and over speakes himself.

 Marco Rubio, is the dog you left at home all day, while you were selling ice cream.

 Obviously I could go into the other candidates.

 Kasich looked like he was coming off a bender/

Tall Tom's picture



Nice try to divert attention away from the issue of the RADIATION FROM FUKUSHIMA.


As for the bullshit Red Team/Blue Team drama...who in the hell cares?


It makes no difference.