After 8 years, residents of a ghost town soaked in radiation by the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster are allowed back
- Some former residents of a town evacuated eight years ago after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster have been allowed to move back for the first time.
- On March 11, 2011, a 15-meter tsunami flooded three of the Daiichi plant's six reactors, killing the power and allowing the reactor cores to melt and radiation to seep out.
- On Wednesday, two neighborhoods in Ōkuma were declared safe. Nearby Futaba, the other major evacuated town, remains a no-go area.
- Despite the declaration, nuclear radiation levels in Ōkuma are 20 times higher than they were before the disaster. A 2018 survey showed only 13% of ex-residents wanted to return.
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Japan has allowed residents to move back to a town in Fukushima which had been under strict evacuation orders since the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster blanketed it in deadly radiation.On March 11, 2011, 15-meter tsunami waves triggered by an earthquake flooded three of six reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing the nearby towns of Futaba and Ōkuma to be covered in a haze of radiation.
f those, 10,000 lived in Ōkuma.
The government, in tandem with the plant's owners Tokyo Electric Power Co., have been working ceaselessly to decontaminate the area since the disaster, removing topsoil, chopping down trees, and scrubbing houses and roads clean, AP reported.
The town is getting back on its feet, with a new corner shop, town hall, and 50 new homes all opening in May.
Ōkuma's town center, hospital, and main train station, however, are still off limits, rending the town's facilities limited.
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