Life after nuclear catastrophies

There was a recent photo essay in Mother Jones (h/t to brother Tim) about life after nuclear disasters, in Chernobyl and Fukushima.  To quote from the author:

To the world, Chernobyl and Fukushima seem like dangerous places, but for the people who live there, that danger is simply a fact of life.  In my photography, I explore the human consequences of environmental contamination. I am interested in questions about home: how do people cope when their homeland changes irreversibly? Why do so many stay?

The photos show people caring for cats, visiting empty bars, raising vegetables, checking radiation exposure.   Life does go on, but at what cost?  Would you leave for a new place, or stay rooted to your land?


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