Google Releases Startling New Images of Fukushima Ghost Town

Two years following nuclear meltdown, danger zone 12 miles wide remains.
1:33 | 03/27/13

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two years after the tsunami that triggered a nuclear meltdown in fukushi fukushima. There's still a kind of wasteland. 12 miles wide, a place 21,000 people once called home, now a ghost town. But today we went in with a familiar partner, google. Google sent cameras to document it. Reporter: The 21,000 residents here have been uprooted, locked out of their homes for two years. Radiation levels are still dangerously high. But this tiny car, armed with cameras and google's street view technology is allowing them to return, at least virtually. We wanted to have technology come in and take a photo for them, so that people can come back and take a look. Reporter: Short visits of a few hours are allowed. So we went in with google. We drove through desolate roads, past collapsed homes, and this. An elementary school where we found a graduation sign still HANGING FOR MARCH6P)x/d What are you thinking as you walk around here for the first time? Tough to describe. Reporter: From the roof, a clear view of the damage fukushima nuclear plants. Residents can't return here for years. Until then they'll have to rely on a google homecoming. And still ahead on "world news," to catch a thieve.

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