Roam Abandoned Fukushima Town, Courtesy Google
Street View comes to Namie, Japan
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
An image taken from Google Street View of a street in the abandoned town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.   (Google Street View)

(Newser) – If you like occasionally roaming the streets of the world on Google Maps, there's a bleak new destination you should check out: Namie, Japan, a town in Fukushima Prefecture that's been abandoned ever since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Google has just added street view images of the desolate town, a small part of which people will once again be allowed to enter on Monday, the AFP reports.

But an entrance ban will remain in place for most of the town, which is expected to be uninhabitable for years to come. "The world is moving on," the mayor said on Google's Japan blog. "But time has stopped in the town of Namie. I hope these street views will show the people of future generations what the great earthquake and nuclear disaster brought." In the image gallery, you can see a few screenshots we grabbed from random parts of the town.

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Mar 29, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
The Fukushima area has had previous nuclear reactor accidents in the near past, and most due to workers "errors" as we were told, however the instructions are very clear for the GE nuclear reactor and when using NH3 for mixing with the rods ( just not the real thing) the workers should not exceed 6 quarts let us say, however why adding 8 or more to see what could happen? The japs are still secretly researching and trying to unlock the secrets of the a or h bomb.., 2 of the workers died within hours and the rest over 3 weeks, the area was evacuated for a radius of 25 to 35 miles at the last incidence as recently as 2004 or 2007....the tsunami could have been a man made...
Mar 28, 2013 6:51 PM CDT
-May 2011: "A news report says Japan's tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant was so unprepared for the disaster that workers had to bring protective gear and instruction manuals from elsewhere and borrow equipment from a contractor. The report, released by operator Tokyo Electric Co, is based on interviews of workers and plant data. It portrays chaos in a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful battle to protect the Fukushima plant from meltdown, and shows that workers struggled with unfamiliar equipment." "Japanese whalers caught 2 animals along the northern coast that had traces of radiation from leaks at a damaged nuclear power plant, officials said. 2 of 17 minke whales caught off the Pacific coast of Hokkaido showed traces of radioactive cesium, both about 1/20th of the legal limit, fisheries officials said. They are the first whales thought to have been affected by radiation leaked from the Fukushima nuclear plant since it was hit by a 3/11/11 earthquake and tsunami." "Scientists have found traces of radioactivity in fish off the California coast that migrated from the waters off of Japan, site of the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster of 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The researchers say the evidence is unequivocal. The young tuna were found to be contaminated with two radioactive forms of the element cesium from Fukushima." "Japan’s tsunami seems to have succeeded, where years of boycotts and protests & high-seas chases by Western environmentalists had failed, in knocking out a pillar of the nation’s whaling industry. Ayukawahama was 1 of 4 towns in Japan that defiantly carried on whaling and eating whales as a part of the 'local culture', even as the rest of the nation loses interest in whale meat. Two of their vessels were scheduled to participate in Japan's 'research' whaling in April 2011." Before you feel too bad for them, read these:
Mar 28, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
How much are the homes selling for?