Take a Drone-Guided Tour of the Abandoned Fukushima Exclusion Zone

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Over three years after the catastrophic earthquake in Japan, the town of Tokioma near the Fukushima nuclear power plant remains abandoned. Or, more specifically, the radioactive soil beneath Tokioma remains too dangerous for humans to return home. Drones, on the other hand, have an easier time getting around.

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The Japanese multicopter firm HEXaMedia recently released an eery compilation of footage from the empty city. And while not all of the shots are from a drone in flight, the expansive panoramas from above are nothing short of arresting. From rusty, grass-eaten playgrounds to an entire ship run aground by the devastating tsunami, you'll have a hard time looking away from the starkly silent images. Only the wind blowing through the cherry blossom trees makes a sound. [Daily Mail]

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Sam Feinberg

Who are the people driving around/walking around on the surface? How are they protecting themselves from radioactivity?