Not so long ago, Fukushima was a quiet rural region of Japan, renowned for its green mountains, hot springs and sweet summer peaches.
Today, however, the Fukushima region, in northeast Japan, has more sinister associations: it has achieved global notoriety as home to one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters in modern history.
It was more than nine months ago when Japan was rattled by the powerful March 11 earthquake and tsunami which claimed close to 20,000 lives across swathes of the eastern coast.
Despite the passing of time, the nation remains far from recovered, as it continues to struggle not only with reconstructing the damaged regions – but also in dealing with the nuclear fallout triggered by the disaster.
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 150 miles northeast of Tokyo, was severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami with its crucial cooling systems knocked out, resulting in a series of explosions, meltdowns – and the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.
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