Japan Nuclear: Exclusion zone dogs   42 comments

Japan Nuclear: Exclusion zone dogs

12 Months later…

    Image Credit:_Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and SupportJapan Inside The Zone-CheckpointJapan Inside The Zone-Deserted streets and homes

Okuma, Japan ghost town inside the Zone


On the first anniversary of the March 11 Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone dogs are dying on the streets of Fukushima’s ghost towns from starvation and hypothermia. Fighting to stay alive in freezing sub-zero temperatures 20-30 pets are now dying on a daily basis. They huddle in ravaged remains of abandoned homes, burying themselves in anything they can find, battling to keep the cold at bay.

Gaunt and starving some are now too weak to move, and can only wait helplessly in desperate hope that rescuers will find them in time.


        Radiation WarningN-plant warningRadiation level near Fukushima N-Plant

The fallout from the stricken reactors has turned the 20-kilometre (12-mile) exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant into a dangerously radio-active no-man’s wasteland, the new “Land Of Wolves”.

         Ghost towns inside the Japan exclusion zonejapan exclusion zone deserted streetsChernobyl ghost town of Pripyat inside the exclusion zone

The eerie silence is absolute when you stand in the centre of the exclusion zone, chillingly reminiscent of Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, of ghost towns such as Pripyat…Come -Walk with Me in the Land of Wolves… There should be people but there are no-one, there should be life and activity but instead there is only a strange silence and the occasional sighting of gaunt livestock roaming the empty streets. Thriving towns that only one year ago were home to 80,000 people are now ghost towns, frozen in time.

One year on, animal carcasses lie spoiling in the exclusion zone. Cows and pigs have starved to death, and there is no-one left to attend to their bones still lying in the pens. Cats and dogs have died from disease their bones bleaching on the empty streets where cows and ostriches roam, and frogs and snakes supply the occasional meal to the lucky few cats who venture between the eerily flashing traffic lights, on the deserted streets of Japan’s nuclear ghost towns.

     (Image Credit:Eiji Kaji/Ymiuri) A feral ostrich,believed to run away near a ostrich farm, is seen at the Tomioka fishing port , no-entry zone near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.  (Image Credit: Arab Times) Evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Traffic lights flashing eerily directing traffic that is no more in Japan's N-ghost towns

Bicycles lie where they have fallen seeming simply forgotten by careless owners. Nearby bus stops stand silent and empty waiting for the next busload of people that will never come. In a deserted shopping centre, rows of cars waiting soundlessly for the return of heavily laden food shoppers…but there is no-one there. Everyone is gone. There is only the mournful whispering of the wind eddying through a small local store its shelf stock scattered across the floor, the consequence of the March 11 earthquake.

         Tsunami damaged electrical store inside the zoneDesolate: An empty shopping street in the town of Namie inside the 20km exclusion zoneEarthquake damaged local store lies deserted in the Zone of Exclusion

Local Japanese groups have been very keen to be involved in helping to rescue the animals but with so muchSurvivors: Volunteers have braved the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to rescue hundreds of pets abandoned after the earthquake and tsunami in March last year confusion surrounding the issue re the safety aspect of handling animals in the radiation hot spots, and the unanswered question of how they should be tested for radio-activity, this has not been an easy task.

With the appropriate cleaning and quarantine period, they should be safe to handle and adopt, according to Timothy Mousseau, a professor of biological sciences at the University of South Carolina, who has conducted extensive studies on animals exposed to radiation in the Chernobyl region.

The lucky ones-rescued from the zone by Japan animal rescue groups

Tragically, in the meantime the lost animals of the new Japan exclusion zone are “Dying in the Land of Wolves… “

In Futaba town centre; a sign marking the entrance to the main shopping district. It read, "Nuclear power – the bright future of energy."


42 responses to “Japan Nuclear: Exclusion zone dogs

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  1. This report is so Sad Wolfie, so very sad, and still they do not learn.. still they want to carry on with nuclear power! and yet there are so many alternatives.. And other Free energy too which is being suppressed.. My heart goes out to all those still not re-homed and not settled who lost everything in this disaster, And for those who lost whole families.. My heart goes out for the suffering one year on, to all the animal kingdom. And I pray that their suffering be short lived.. and end soon..
    Another well put together post Wolfie.. and sending you a Dreamy thought this Sunny day which feels like Summer today this Day in March… It was 20 degrees outside today here.. We are in for some weird weather my friend and I wish I could say such disasters as these were the last, but my gut and visions tell me otherwise..I keep sending thoughts, and ask that we be guided and protected.. Love and Blessings to you my four legged
    Dreamwalker xx

    • It is sad Dreamwalker that the world so quickly forgets, moving on so swiftly to newer newsworthy stories. In the absence of other seriously viable alternatives, capable of adequately supplying our ever increasing populations, nuclear power seems to be a source we cannot live with, and yet we cannot live without. If our understanding of nuclear science was more advanced then maybe it could be handled and used safely, but as yet we simply do not know enough about it to safely work with it. Much of the technology required in the Fukushima Daiichi N-power plant has not even be developed yet…it is currently unknown technology. We are still very much in our nuclear infancy, and it is sad that such a potentially useful source of energy is going so horribly wrong in our hands. x

  2. I saw this on tv.
    So sorry for those animals..left behind. Searching for what???
    After such disasters there is so much missery.
    and still who knows for how long.

    • It is heartbreaking. I couldn’t include some of the photos I would have otherwise included as they were copyrighted in no uncertain terms, but then they would probably have upset a lot of people too much anyway. The imagination will no doubt serve very well. Sadly this disaster is far from over both for the humans and the animals. But today of all days it must not be forgotten.
      Wolfie…howling in the Japanese “Land of Wolves”

  3. It’s such a sad story. I wish they could all be saved.

    • Yo Rumpydog! Great to see you here on Europa 😉 You’re always very welcome so go grab the leg of Bison in the corner of the den and make yourself at home,there’s fresh water on the far right of the blog page and extra tasty dog biscuits on the left!

      It is very sad…most of them won’t be rescued in time, if at all, and it’s so much harder to get into the Zone now than this time last year too…

  4. Ich habe es in Fernsehen gesehen schlimm eine traurige Geschichte ich wollte alle hätte man retten können.Wünsche dir eine gute Woche und liebe Grüsse von mir Gislinde.

    • Guten Abend Gislinde. Leider viele mehr werden im “Land der Wölfe” sterben, weil sie zu schwach, um zu überleben das Einfrieren im Winter sind ohne Nahrung. Das Leben ist sehr grausam.

      Ich wünsche Ihnen meiner lieben Freundin eine hervorragende Woche, und dass Sie sicher und bei guter Gesundheit zu bleiben. Wölfe umarmen 🙂

  5. Merhaba,
    Benim sevgili ve tatlı arkadaşım Buz :))
    beğendinize gerçekten mutlu oldum..
    çok çok teşekkür ederim size
    şair gerçekten çok anlamlı sözler yazmış.
    evet benimde bu sözler çok hoşuma gitti.
    benim güzel arkadaşım
    iyi geceler ve mutlu bir hafta diliyorum
    çok kucak dolusu sevgiler yolluyorum :))

    • Merhaba benim çok özel bir arkadaşım Seçil 🙂
      Benim için zevktir! Yazınızı güzeldi
      Sen güzel sözler yazmak!
      Onlar okumak çok zevk vermek.
      kucaklamak ve sarılmalar … Buz 🙂

  6. I actually read this in my updates when you first published it and then
    with changing my Space back to Private I forgot to add my thoughts to
    it so I do apologise for that my great friend Icywolfy. You know these
    pets were just abandoned and I cannot imagine how that must have
    felt for them, to be left without care or food and clean drinking water,
    and worse to be subjected to the radiation, which has devastated the
    whole country, your representations of a ghost town, the many pictures
    of the lost and misplaced pets, and farm animals left there to die, it is
    just so unbelievable but horribly true. I think that those that are risking
    their lives by entering the dead zone is wonderful, as those pets and
    other animals all deserve better than to be lost in a forgotten area of
    negativity and death. It is so sad to see those pups and cats in cages
    waiting for a home, and to be cared for and loved, and I do hope that
    they are given every chance to have a good life away from that place,
    and an opportunity to enjoy whatever time they have left in normality 🙂

    A really great posting Icywolfy, indeed a fine update my great friend 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • No problem Androgoth, it was good of you to make the time to stop by and take a look at the post in the first place 🙂 Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. Sadly the photos of the animals I have here are from last year so they will not be rescued in such comparatively good condition 12 months or so on. There are still hundreds that were rescued waiting in shelters in the hope they will be reunited with their families, but with so many owners still in emergency shelters themselves this seems increasingly unlikely. It is so sad that these people thought they were leaving only for a few days and now, for many they face the probability they will never return. It is much more difficult to access the Zone now so rescue is increasingly less likely.But there is greater hope for them than the livestock left out there…there will be no happy ending for the livestock which has survived thus far…But I share your hopes and aspirations for those animals that have been more fortunate.

      • It is really sad how once a media story loses its popularity in the headlines that it is simply discarded as old news and the plight of literally thousands of people and their pets, homes and wordly assets are just not important enough to care about 😦 What a sad world it can be sometimes my great friend… I do hope that the pets will be cared for in the event of not being reunited with their original owners as anything else would be too horrible to think of…

        Have a nice Wednesday Icywolfy 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

      • The rescued ones already in shelters will definately be cared for until the very last one is reunited or rehomed. There are some great Japanese people out there doing the best they can by these exclusion zone animals 🙂

  7. This is so incredibly sad and tragic…yet we are still adding more Nuclear Plants. Have we not seen what happened in Japan and Russia??? I am brought to tears with that dog in the road along with all the other innocent creatures and precious Earth we are the supposedly the guardians of. Crude, ridiculus caretakers…we need to be fired!!!
    A sad yet wonderful post my friend…tears at the heart 😦

    • Once again, a lady after my own heart, with the understanding that comes only between Raven and Wolf. We know what happened…but we remember with our eyes closed and our hearts in denial. We close our minds to the cries and the suffering of those whose lives are in ruins, just brush it aside and walk on by…
      “The dog in the road” spoke volumes more than any words could say…a chill shivers through the tears as I read the ghostly unspoken words of this image…the eerie loneliness…the utter and absolute silence…the absence of life….activity…normality…alone…Howling in the Land of wolves…for what is…for what was…and for what now…will never be… Tragic indeed Raven. Wolfie… Howling in the Japanese Land of Wolves.

  8. Icywolfy are you ever going to
    add a new guestbook or what? 🙂

    Have a wickedly fine evening 😉

    Androgoth XXx

  9. very sad, it is always the innocent who suffer, only glanced at post, could not read it all too upsetting.

    • Yes it is Rosemary…this is the toned down version. But I want people to listen! To wake up and get their heads out of the sand! The Japanese people know the world is brushing them under the carpet and walking on by. They feel it and we know it. The Fukushima plant is in a very fragile condition and many of the Japanese people are suicidal, their livlihoods destroyed…and the world walks on by…People should not be allowed to ignore this!! The world governments may not care about the dangers of nuclear power or about the animals they have condemned to die in Fukushima’s Exclusion Zone, or that the families trapped in emergency shelters 12 months on, have lost everything and are not even allowed to rescue their family pets, who might have offered some small degree of comfort in this tragic situation. It is tragic and wrong in so very many ways

  10. No this is not good at all so much loss, destruction not this,what can be done I wonder… so much needs. Take care wolfie, stay warm – trying to here with more snow this morning.

  11. Wünsche dir einen schönen Mittwoch ja das wer schon eine schlimme Sache was diese Menschen alles dochmachen mussten schlimm.Grüsse dich noch recht Herzlich von mir Gislinde.

    • Vielen Dank Gislinde mein großer Freund 🙂
      Ich denke, es ist sehr tragisch, was hat, und noch immer wird in Japan geschieht.
      Natürlich schlimme Dinge passieren überall
      und diese Ereignisse nicht in irgendeiner Weise zu verringern sie.
      Aber für mich das tragische dreifache Katastrophe sehr traurig darf nicht vergessen werden
      Die Welt vergisst, solche Ereignisse sehr schnell.
      Aber Haben Sie ein schönes Wochenende … und ein Wölfen Umarmung!

  12. This is such a sad situation. As in most disasters little or no thought is given to the animals who are just as much victims of this tragedy as are their masters. I wonder how much additional damage occurred in the exclusion zone during the quakes this morning. given their performance during the disasters last year you can’t trust the Japanese government to provide accurate information. I guess we’ll discover the truth the same way we did then; the hard way.

    We hear so much about how safe and clean nuclear power is when in reality there is nothing clean about it. There is no safe method for disposing of the thousands of spent fuel rods now stored in containment ponds so generation upon generation will be left to deal with them,

    • According to Reuters, reporting from Tokyo “There were no immediate reports of damage after northern Japan was hit by an earthquake which the Japan Meteorological Agency said had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8.”

      Local media reported that there were no reports of abnormalities at the Higashidori, Onagawa, Tokai No.2, nuclear power plants northeast of Tokyo, the reactors having been shut down for routine maintenance. Nor at Tepco’s tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi and Daini plants.

      High-speed bullet trains serving northern Japan were halted and the two runways at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport were closed after the quake but quickly resumed operations.

  13. The scares left by the Chernobyl and Fukushima power plants (and others)
    will affect the Earth for a very long time to come. All life around them will never be the same.
    This is an unforgettable tragedy.
    Thank you Wolfie for presenting this sad but unfortunaly true story of our times.
    heartbroken, Eddie

    • Japan need only look at the ghost town of Pripyat, 8000 miles away – the workers town closest to the Chernobyl N-power plant, to see what will become of their own exclusion zone. Deserted, silent towns in a radio-active dead zone where nothing stirs but the mournful passing of the wind. Already the birdlife within the zone is dwindling…just as it did around Chernobyl…they, like the other animals left in the exclusion zone are dying in the Japanese “Land of Wolves”…

      Many will pass over this post as depressing/too negative, and various other excuses to “justify” ignoring the tragedy that continues to unfold 12 months later. But it is heartbreaking as you too understand Eddie, and tragic, and I cannot, and will not stand by whilst the world just steps aside and walks on by…
      Wolfie…Howling in the Japaneses “Land of Wolves…” Hugs Eddie x

  14. 24 sweet hrs make 1 sweet day,
    7 sweet days make 1 sweet week,
    4 sweet weeks make 1 sweet month,
    But 1 sweet friend, Like You ,
    helps to make 1 sweet life….

    Have a nice weekend..
    Hugs Nicki

    • Tack för det fantastiska grafisk Nicki 🙂 Det var härligt helgen tack …
      Jag hoppas att ni haft en härlig helg och som
      du nu njuter vårsolen!
      I helgen var jag på en kattutställning 🙂
      De smakade gott! Nej .. jag inte äter dem;)
      Jag krama många av de katter så härlig helg!
      Var försiktig min kära vän 🙂
      Kram Wolfie 😉

  15. Merhaba benim güzel ve sevgili arkadaşım Buz :))
    sizin güzel dostluk adına çok teşekkür ederim
    ben size mutlu ve güzel bir hafta sonu diliyorum
    çok kucak dolusu sevgiler yolluyorum :))
    kendine iyi bak benim sevgili ve güzel Buz arkadaşım..

    • Merhaba! için teşekkürler fantastik grafik sevgili arkadaşım Seçil…
      ve sana umut sen harika bir haftasonu geçirdik
      ve sen şimdi bahar güneş tadını çıkarıyor 🙂
      Bu hafta sonu ben bir kedi gösterisi idi
      Onlar iyi tadı! Hayır … Ben bunları yemem 😉
      Ben büyük bir haftasonu, kucaklamak birçok kedi 🙂
      Kucaklamak…Buz 😉

  16. You just don’t know how to respond to posts like this Wolfie, anger, sadness, despair,but to me it is the sheer futility of the exercise of Nuclear activity, that causes and will continue to cause misery in some form or another throughout the world, and pityingly enough, it’s mostly the poor dumb animals that appear to take the brunt of man’s ceaseless quest for dominion, and are then left to die in the aftermath., it makes me sick to my stomach.

    • It is futile Arlene…and frustrating not being able to do anything neither to end the nuclear activity nor to be out there helping to rescue these animals. It is also incredibly frustrating that despite all our technological knowledge we are still unable to come up with an effective alternative energy source which will satisfy the ever increasing population requirements, in the long term. The price for our electric supply is much higher than any of us would ever have imagined when nuclear power first came into our lives.

  17. A little over thirty years ago I (along with many others) marched against the continued use and construction of nuclear power plants. There were not only walks but articles written and groups formed. In todays world they are a bigger problem for greater consideration. Is anyone else listening?
    peace, Eddie

    • A fellow protester 😉 I too have been involved in similar activites during the course of my travels, especially those that have taken me in unpleasently close proximity to certain missile bases…but as with the Iraq War protest marches etc which I was also involved in, those in power most certainly do not listen to the voice of the people. They listen only to their own arrogant “spin” and totally ignore the common sense of the masses. But the voice of the people cannot be quelled by the arrogance of the proud and powerful, as recent world events have proven…and sooner or later if we are not listened to we will rise up and rebel. We have a voice and it has a right to be heard.
      The Peace of the Wolf go with you Eddie

  18. I think that these photographs are the reminder
    in which the world needs to see, so that instead
    of forgetting about this awful event, that leaders
    around our planet should extend their support…

    I do hope that the remainder
    of pets left behind can be rescued 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • Thank you for your observation my great friend of the Gothic Realm…and the great F1 Weekend 😉
      These photos will soon sink into “blogscurity”…one more annoying little blip to be swept swiftly under the carpet of unpleasent thoughts and inconvenient reminders. The world doesn’t want to see, it would much rather not be reminded and world leaders will be only too happy to go with that whilst continuing to build more reactors for “safe, clean” energy to supply our ever-increasing population. But not everybody has their heads buried in the sand and sooner or later the battle will begin and people will be forced to wake up and face reality. As to the pets left behind, many will be lost, that is inevitable. But where there is life, there is hope 🙂

  19. Hi my Ice Wolfie friend.. did you have any snow and hail today in this wonderful weird weather we seem to be having.. T-shirts last weekend.. LOL.. just dropping in to say have a good week.. as Im doing a Dreamwalker Round.. while I have the time.. Xx Blessings sent you way Sue

    • HooOOOOOOOWWWWWwwwwLLLLLoooo 🙂 The Dreamwalker Round extends out a long way…lol…all the way to Europa! I admire your enthusiasm for travelling 😉 It’s set to be a hard week Dreamy one, you know how it is when you return to work after a week’s leave? 😉 Now I know why I avoid taking holiday at all costs as a general rule!! Chaos abounds on returning and nothing constructive gets done in your absence lol No snow at the weekend but enough hail to send Wolfie running to drag the washing in…at which point bright sunshine all the way!! I trust you’re not buried under a snowdrift? 😉 x

  20. Wünsche dir eine gute Woche mit Sonnenschein und frohmuht Grüsse lieb Gislinde.

    • Wir danken Ihnen meine schöne Freundin Gislinde 🙂
      Du hast verursacht die Sonne schein den ganzen Tag heute!
      Ich hoffe, Sie genießen einen schönen Frühlingstag in Köln,
      Wölfe lieben und zu umarmen … Wolfie 🙂

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