Two years ago today, Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami that killed over fifteen thousand people and affected hundreds of thousands more. With a magnitude of 9.03, it is believed to be one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit Japan. The disaster also set off one of worst nuclear crises in history: after the earthquake and tsunami, large amounts of radioactive materials were released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, contaminating the city for years to come.
Q. Sakamaki, a Japanese photographer, has been photographing the effects of the earthquake and tsunami since 2011. “The radiation is still leaking. The evacuated worry about their future—many might lose the chance to ever return. As a result, more than sixty per cent of the evacuated develop P.T.S.D., often leading them to commit suicide,” he says.