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It's been a little more than seven years since Japan was rocked by a tsunami that was triggered by a 9-magnitude earthquake. More than 19,000 people were killed and the twin natural disasters devastated the country.
It also sparked a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, forcing the evacuation of around 110,000 people in the Fukushima Prefecture. It was the worst nuclear event since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
Naturally, when the evacuation call came through, people grabbed what they could and left everything else behind. A photographer has ventured into the area to document just how hasty that dash for survival was and the results are creepy.
James Galbraith, 25, said: "I like exploring places where not many people can visit, places that are off limits, difficult to access, and largely forgotten about.
"Many people are completely unaware that there are still many displaced people due to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear meltdown.
"Walking through these buildings shows you a moment that went down in history. The interiors are largely untouched since the earthquake, with items strewn across the floor that were thrown off the shelves of stores.
"The atmosphere really reminds you how fragile life is and puts a new perspective on things.
"I have been taking photos for my whole life, when I was a very young child my father was an amateur photographer and I would see his photos, and he would let me use a camera."
As you can see in the pictures, magazines are strewn across shop floors, cars sit gathering dust in sales yards and supermarkets are left to slowly decay.
A report last year found that evacuation of that many people was unjustified and a whopping 1,600 people were killed in evacuation-related deaths - the document argued that there would have been far less loss of life in the incident itself than in the displacement that followed.
Even though it's been more than half a decade since the disaster, tens of thousands of residents haven't returned home.
While virtually no one suffered from radiation poisoning, specialist Shunichi Yamashita noted: "We know from Chernobyl that the psychological consequences are enormous.
"Life expectancy of the evacuees dropped from 65 to 58 years - not because of cancer, but because of depression, alcoholism, and suicide. Relocation is not easy, the stress is very big. We must not only track those problems, but also treat them."
Shockingly, once decontamination, compensation, decommissioning, and radioactive waste storage costs were taken into account, it's estimated that the Fukushima disaster alone will cost 21.5 trillion yen (£146 billion/$187 billion).
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