Google has added a haunting 'Street View' map of the Japanese ghost towns evacuated in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

More than 21,000 people were evacuated from the town of Namie near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011, following a triple meltdown in the wake of a nightmarish tsunami.

The area is too heavily contaminated with nuclear material to make it save to live in the area.

More than 160,000 people are still unable to return to the exclusion zone after the tsunami sent 50-foot waves crashing into their towns, and wrecked the nearby power plant.

In north-west Japan as a whole about 300,000 people are yet to be given new permanent homes.

But Google has been able to send one of its Street View cars into Namie resulting in a dramatic set of Street View pictures showing the broken down homes and empty streets.


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Mayor of Namie Tamotsu Baba said in a blog post, translated by the New York Times, that "time stands still" inside the exclusion zone.

"Many of the displaced townspeople have asked to see the current state of their city, and there are surely many people around the world who want a better sense of how the nuclear incident affected communities,” Baba said.


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