Earlier this month, Google sent one of its Street View cars through Namie, Japan, a town that was abandoned following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
According to the New York Times, Namie mayor Tamotsu Baba invited Google to photograph the deserted town.
“Many of the displaced townspeople have asked to see the current state of their city, and there are surely many people around the world who want a better sense of how the nuclear incident affected communities,” Baba said in a blog post on Google.
Namie’s 21,000 residents are only allowed short visits to their homes no more than once a month. There are 90,000 people from other areas of the exclusion zone who are also still under government-mandated exile.