Famous sakura trees bloom in abandoned Fukushima town

Famous sakura trees bloom in abandoned Fukushima town

Tomioka is a town in Japan's Fukushima prefecture. The town was famous for having one of the longest cherry blossom tunnels in Japan.

It was abandoned after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.

On March 11, 2011, three of the six nuclear power reactors at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant melted down catastrophically, after the plant was hit by a tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In the wake of the tremors, the plant began releasing substantial amounts of radioactive materials.

In time, it would become the largest nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster under the now-defunct Soviet Union.

This haunting video, entitled Fukushima Tomioka the abandoned city by HEXaMedia on Vimeo shows the town of Tomioka, as it stands today, abandoned by its residents.

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