Photos by Gavin McIntyre


Namie, a region located on coast of the Fukushima prefecture, was damaged by the earthquake on March 11, 2011, and the subsequent tsunami that followed destroying everything in its path, including the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which exploded causing radiation to be leaked. Namie was evacuated, and now March 11, 2011, has lasted for three years leaving residents in uncertainty about whether or not they will be able to come back.

A fishing boat lies in weeds after being washed inland by the tsunami in Namie, Japan.

A fishing boat lies in weeds after being washed inland by the tsunami in Namie, Japan.

A house sits in ruin after being hit by the earthquake and tsunami in Namie, Japan

A house sits in ruin after being hit by the earthquake and tsunami in Namie, Japan

A road is left in pieces after being destroyed by the earthquake in Namie, Japan.

A road is left in pieces after being destroyed by the earthquake in Namie, Japan.

A car sits in weeds after being washed away by the tsunami in Namie, Japan.

A car sits in weeds after being washed away by the tsunami in Namie, Japan.

The streets remain empty and quiet after the disaster in Namie, Japan. Residents haven't been allowed to move back after the disaster until the radiation has reached the government's level of safety. Residents are uncertain if they will be able to come back or not.

The streets remain empty and quiet after the disaster in Namie, Japan. Residents haven’t been allowed to move back after the disaster until the radiation has reached the government’s level of safety. Residents are uncertain if they will be able to come back or not.

Items that fell during the earthquake still lie on a shop's floor in Namie, Japan. Numerous owners haven't come back to their shops after being evacuated.

Items that fell during the earthquake still lie on a shop’s floor in Namie, Japan. Numerous owners haven’t come back to their shops after being evacuated.

A shopping complex located sits abandoned and overrun with weeds after it was evacuated in Namie, Japan. The residents have been allowed to come back for limited amounts of time, but their absence has caused buildings to slowly fall apart.

A shopping complex located sits abandoned and overrun with weeds after it was evacuated in Namie, Japan. The residents have been allowed to come back for limited amounts of time, but their absence has caused buildings to slowly fall apart.

A sign covered in weeds stands outside Namie, Japan. Weeds have been left to grow after residents were evacuated due to the disaster.

A sign covered in weeds stands outside Namie, Japan. Weeds have been left to grow after residents were evacuated due to the disaster.

A house covered in weeds sits in Namie, Japan. Weeds have been left to grow after residents were evacuated due to the disaster.

A house covered in weeds sits in Namie, Japan. Weeds have been left to grow after residents were evacuated due to the disaster.

An empty store sits in Namie, Japan. The store has been left empty after the owner evacuated during the disaster.

An empty store sits in Namie, Japan. The store has been left empty after the owner evacuated during the disaster.

A sign for a cleaning company is left damaged in Namie, Japan.

A sign for a cleaning company is left damaged in Namie, Japan.

A building lies in ruins after it was hit by the earthquake, and subsequent tsunami that followed in Namie, Japan. The tsunami wiped away most of the homes in Namie, which were near the coast, which has left residents to make their new temporary homes permanent.

A building lies in ruins after it was hit by the earthquake, and subsequent tsunami that followed in Namie, Japan. The tsunami wiped away most of the homes in Namie, which were near the coast, which has left residents to make their new temporary homes permanent.

An umbrella stand remains full in front of a store after the disaster in Namie, Japan. Residents didn't have time to take all their belongings with them during the disaster, so items like umbrellas still remain across the city.

An umbrella stand remains full in front of a store after the disaster in Namie, Japan. Residents didn’t have time to take all their belongings with them during the disaster, so items like umbrellas still remain across the city.

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