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Images From the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Zone Show Nature Reclaiming What’s Hers

Mess with mother nature, and she’ll initiate a hostile takeover.

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Remember the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster back in 2011?

After an earthquake and tsunami damaged coolant equipment at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in the towns of Okuma and Futaba in the Pacific coastal region of Central Fukushima, Japan in March 11, 2011, it caused a total of three nuclear meltdowns, hydrogen-air explosions, and the release of radioactive materials into the atmosphere and sea.

Aerial view of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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An explosion at the plant, as seen from the air.

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The largest nuclear meltdown since Chernobyl in 1986, it caused the evacuation of the two towns directly affected, with some 300,000 people removed from the area, as well as from underlying townships 20 kilometers on all sides of what was declared a Nuclear Exclusion Zone.

Four years after the disaster, the surrounding areas look like the scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.

A Nuclear Exclusion Zone was established within a 20-mile radius.

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It also appears mother nature has no patience waiting for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant people to clean up their mess. She’s been doing a thorough job of it since the 32-kilometer radius surrounding the Exclusion Zone has been abandoned.

Cars left behind on what used to be a road…

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Houses, office buildings, supermarkets, farms, vehicles, and equipment, including roads and other public places abandoned within the zone are slowly being eaten up by greenery.

…ultimately being swallowed up and reclaimed…

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…soon never to be seen again.

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Wounded Army Veteran’s Therapy Dog Becomes Best Man On His Wedding

Justin Lansford may have lost his leg. But he gained a genuine friend.

In 2012, Justin Lansford, a U.S. Army veteran, experienced an IED explosion that changed his life forever. At the time, he was assigned in Afghanistan and that incident led to him permanently losing one of his legs.

When Lansford was sent home to recover, he was given a 2-year-old Golden Retriever named Gabe. This wonderful therapy dog graduated from the Wounded Canine Connection, a non-profit group that supports wounded servicemen by providing them with dogs that help them overcome post traumatic stress disorder. Needless to say, Lansford and Gabe eventually became the best of buddies.

Over the weekend, the two took their friendship to a whole new level as Lansford finally tied the knot with Carol Balmes, his longtime girlfriend. What was Gabe’s involvement in this? Well, Lansford picked his pet to be his best man for the wedding.

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This Giant 16th Century Italian Sculpture Has Secret Rooms Hidden Inside

Some visionary artist envisioned the first Jaeger made of stone.

"Go big or go home" was probably a motto many Renaissance artists shared among themselves, and many sought to outdo themselves with paintings and sculptures that were in-your-face and larger-than-life.

Think Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceilings, the naked David, and the heart-wrenching Pieta.

Other artists, like Giovanni da Bologna, who flamboyantly insisted he be called a single name, Giambologna, was a Flemish sculptor who worked in marble and bronze, and created a fearsome melting giant man out of stone he named the Appeninno, or the Appennine Colossus, which Giambologna carved to represent the rugged Appenine mountains of Italy.

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Shark Attacks Man… Ends Up Saving His Life

What are the odds something tries to eat you, only to end up your savior.

What are the odds something tries to eat you, only to end up your savior.

Something miraculous happened to one guy who nearly got eaten by a shark, only to end up being really grateful to the ocean predator for saving his life.

Eugene Finney went swimming with his girlfriend and two kids at Huntington Beach, California over the summer while he was visiting his parents, who lived in the area.

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