Yes, you surely have come accross some articles over the Internet about recent Google Street View coverage now available in Namie region, Fukushima prefecture in Japan, a region affected by both the tsunami and the radioactive state in the aftermath of the 3-11-2011 Tohoku earthquake.
Well, as urban explorers might want to guess, this city and area will most probably become a ghost town, for quite some time, since the inhabitants have been evacuated from the area and have only been granted very limited access since the disaster.
Hence why Google recently disclosed images of the area, fully available in Steet view. Why you say? Because the mayor of Namie and other mayors in the prefecture asked Google to cover the area wit Street View in order to provide its citizen with images of their homes in order to reassure them and get them to know the state of their city about two years after the disaster
You can today go thru Namie-machi (machi is for city) on Google Street View :
The more you get into the city, the more you realize that many things have been left behind. And as you know, I love cars so I couldn’t miss the many abandonned car dealerships and spots in the area.
Take a look at what I’ve captured for you (Pictures from Google, thanks Google!) :