(Newser) - If you like occasionally roaming the streets of the world on Google Maps, there's a bleak new destination you should check out: Namie, Japan, a town in Fukushima Prefecture that's been abandoned ever since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Google has just added street view images of the desolate town, a small part of which people will once again be allowed to enter on Monday, the AFP reports.
But an entrance ban will remain in place for most of the town, which is expected to be uninhabitable for years to come. "The world is moving on," the mayor said on Google's Japan blog. "But time has stopped in the town of Namie. I hope these street views will show the people of future generations what the great earthquake and nuclear disaster brought." Check out a few screenshots:
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