Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Google Street View is giving the world a rare glimpse into Japan’s eerie ghost town, following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami which sparked a nuclear disaster that has left the area uninhabitable. The photo technology pieces together digital images captured by Google's camera-equipped vehicle and allows viewers to take virtual tours of locations around the world.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Google began offering the chance for people to wander virtually through an abandoned town deep within the exclusion zone around Japan's crippled nuclear plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Google car mounted with a street view camera as it drives through a street in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture. Google began offering the chance for people to wander virtually through an abandoned town deep within the exclusion zone around Japan's crippled nuclear plant. Visitors to the Internet giant's mapping site can take a tour through the overgrown and deserted streets of Namie, where time appears to have stood still for two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Visitors to the Internet giant's mapping site can take a tour through the overgrown and deserted streets of Namie, where time appears to have stood still for two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

This screenshot from Google Maps shows a collapsed house is seen, top, in March, 2013, with its location pinpointed on a map below, in Namie, Japan, a nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live since they fled a radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant two years ago.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

The wreckage of tractors and other vehicles line a road near Namie's shore.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Namie town, Japan, just north of the failed Fukushima nuclear power plant. Google recently sent its Street View team into Namie, still within the nuclear exclusion zone, to document the empty streets and fields, deserted now for more than two years.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

This screenshot from Google Maps shows a crushed building with the roof atop in March 2013, in Namie, Japan, a nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live since they fled from radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant two years ago.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

This screenshot from Google Maps shows a stranded ships left as a testament to the power of the tsunami which hit the area in Namie, Japan, a nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live since they fled from radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant two years ago.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Google maps Japan nuclear zone

Screenshot from Google Maps shows the nuclear no-go zone where former residents have been unable to live because of the radiation spewing from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

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