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View of some of the damage caused by the Tsunami. Image credit: Japantimes.com

On 11 March 2011, a 9-meter-high tsunami wave, triggered by the Great Tōhoku Earthquake, slammed into Japan’s eastern coast. The consequent meltdown of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant brought the added risk of radioactive fallout to the already desperate humanitarian disaster. For the three years since, Japanese authorities and civilian groups have been struggling to clean up the environmental damage caused by this catastrophic fallout of radioactive material. Mark Horstman travels to Fukushima Prefecture in Japan to discover where the radioactive fallout has spread since the nuclear accident.

 How has the radiation impacted life? Is it still dangerous to go there, and is there worse still to come?

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In an aerial photo Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the location of the power failure is shown in the top right corner. Image Credit: KYODO
In an aerial photo Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the location of the power failure is shown in the top right corner. Image Credit: KYODO