Japan Lifts Evacuation on Town of Naraha 4 Years After Fukushima Disaster

PHOTO CREDIT: Jiji Press / AFP / Getty Images
PHOTO CREDIT: Jiji Press / AFP / Getty Images

For the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, residents of a certain town can return full-time if they wish.

The Japanese government on Saturday (September 5) lifted an evacuation order for the small town of Naraha, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant in Fukushima prefecture, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.

The town is within the 20-kilometer radius that the government evacuated after a March 2011 earthquake unleashed a tsunami that damaged reactors at the nuclear plant. The damage caused a series of meltdowns and a major release of radioactive material.

The government said radiation levels at Naraha have fallen to acceptable levels after decontamination work, Kyodo reported.

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SOURCE: CNN, Jason Hanna

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