The meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant saw locals evacuate the area. Ten years later, they have begun to return

Environment



10 March 2021

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A new tsunami defence wall

Androniki Christodoulou

TEN years after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, life in the region is finally edging back to normal. Following a colossal campaign to remove contaminated soil and wash down buildings and roads in the area, radiation readings above ground are now stable at safe levels.

There is even a sense of a construction boom, although tens of thousands of people have yet to return after being evacuated a decade ago. “Everything is new,” said one resident. “New is good.”

The most striking new features are concrete sea walls that run northwards for 400 kilometres …