A photographer who grew up in Lower Sackville is in Fukushima, Japan, documenting scenes of devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2011.

Nearly 19,000 people were killed or went missing in the disaster and more than 300,000 others were displaced. More than 100,000 buildings collapsed and 250,000 more partially collapsed when the magnitude 9.0 earthquake — the strongest recorded in Japan's history — struck off the coast on March 11, 2011.

Stephen Pellerine, who grew up in Nova Scotia, has been living abroad teaching photography. He lived in Japan for more than seven years beginning in 1998. His wife is from Japan.

Pellerine told Stephanie Domet, the host of CBC's Mainstreet, that many homes and buildings are simply abandoned because of health concerns related to the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, whose reactors melted down after its cooling systems were disabled by the tsunami.

Click the audio clip to hear Pellerine describe what he saw on a road trip he took up the coast with a guide.