Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Japan faces Colossal Nuclear Cleanup Challenge

Futaba is a modern-day ghost town — not a boomtown gone bust, not even entirely a victim of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that leveled other parts of Japan’s northeast coast.

Some 90,000 people were evacuated from a 12-mile zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant and another area to the northwest contaminated when a plume from the plant scattered radioactive cesium and iodine.

Futaba Cleanup Challenge (Photo: Ko Sasaki for NYT)
Now, Japan is faced with a colossal challenge to cleanup the area for the displaced people could go back home.


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