Japan is peppered with abandoned buildings and forgotten sites. Many of these haikyo (ruins) existed before the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The magnitude 9.0 quake and the tsunami that followed caused massive destruction. Exclusion zones were set up in the wake of reactor meltdowns at the nuclear power plant complex in Fukushima. Today, many of these areas remain abandoned and off limits. They’re sad and surreal. We’ve included images from both before and after the earthquake.
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Hashima Island, near Nagasaki, is a former coal mine that was abandoned in 1974 when the coal ran out.