Google Street View publishes rare images of Japan’s nuclear zone

Google Street View has recently published digital images of the devastation caused in the Japanese town of Namie by the March 2011 nuclear disaster which was sparked by a calamitous earthquake and tsunami.

Google's camera-equipped Street View cars started filming the devastation in the Namie area - Japan's nuclear exclusion zone - earlier this month; two years after Fukushima's triple nuclear meltdown left the town uninhabitable.

The Street View images of Japanese ghost town Namie provide a rare glimpse of the wreckage of the natural calamity and the nuclear disaster. The images clearly show the concrete debris littered in the streets, the abandoned homes and shops, as well as the fields extensively covered with grass and weeds.

One of the eerie images - which take users on a 360-degree virtual tour of Namie; allowing them to take a glimpse of the exclusion zone - shows a flattened ship stranded on a stretch of dirt, after the catastrophic tsunami hit the coastline.

About the digital imagery captured and published by Google Street View, Google said that the rare glimpse of Japan's exclusion zone will "allow people in Namie, in Japan and all around the world to see what the town currently looks like;" and added: "We also hope that this will keep alive memories of the disaster for future generations."