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Last week, Asahi Shimbun published pictures taken by drones and helicopters over the areas of Fukushima that were deserted in the wake of the nuclear disaster of 2011, displaying how nature is slowly swallowing up buildings and other remnants of human civilization. A few shots below:

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A car surrounded by a sea of grass in Futaba (Tetsuro Takehana)

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An overgrown house in Futaba (Tetsuro Takehana)

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Parking lot of a large shopping centre in Okuma (Tetsuro Takehana)

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TEPCO condominium in Futaba (Tetsuro Takehana)

7 summers later, weeds engulf Fukushima’s abandoned areas
7 summers later, weeds engulf Fukushima’s abandoned areas:The Asahi Shimbun
 

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Fascinating! What an interesting view into our post-apocalyptic planet by the next election cycle
 

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Nature does this anywhere that mankind doesn't make sufficient ongoing efforts against it. It's why we have buried cities to dig up centuries later.

The weeds are a testament to the tenacity of life, as are the countless zillions of bugs and bacteria having a high old time there despite it not being safe for humans.
 

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Yeah, I've seen that a stadium near Chernobyl is covered with woods in a documentary or something.
 

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There's a whole series called "Life after People" that imagines how our greatest engineering accomplishments would age if humanity were to suddenly disappear: Life After People Full Episodes, Video & More | HISTORY

It's like those blockbuster disaster films, but instead of a massive earthquake or asteroid strike, the antagonist is the slow inexorable wheel of time that grinds away at our great monuments.
 
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Nature does this anywhere that mankind doesn't make sufficient ongoing efforts against it. It's why we have buried cities to dig up centuries later. The weeds are a testament to the tenacity of life, as are the countless zillions of bugs and bacteria having a high old time there despite it not being safe for humans.

True. It's just spectacular to see places that were teeming with (human) life until recently being taken over by nature so forcefully. We have an abandoned company dormitory close to where we live and the weeds have been crawling up six floors right to the roof, almost à la Sleeping Beauty. It's very fascinating to see.
 

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This is beautiful. It actually reminds me of one project I have seen long time ago, where they (idk what country was it anymore) build part of a city that was exactly like this, there were plants everywhere, on every building. But yea, that was on purpose. This look better.
 
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