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It’s been five years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Caused by a tsunami that hit Japan after a powerful earthquake, the event culminated in three nuclear meltdowns, the release of radioactive material and a full scale evacuation in a 20-kilometre radius.

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Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zoneThe exclusion zone still exists today, accessible only to scientists and almost entirely untouched for 5 years. That didn’t stop 27-year-old Keow Wee Loong, a Malaysian photographer, from illegally sneaking into the area to capture images of a place frozen in time.

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Armed with a gas mask and camera, Loong risks the sky high levels of radiation to access supermarkets, video rental stores, launderettes and train stations quickly abandoned during the evacuation on that fateful day.Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone Photographer sneaks into Fukushima exclusion zone

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