Japan March 11: Looking Back Two Years After

Japan two years after eartquake and radiation leaking in 2011
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Minami-Soma City, Japan – Nothing much has changed after almost two years of sorrow and anger with no hope and end in sight in Minami-Soma, a sleepy little country town located some 240 km northeast of Tokyo on February 28, 2013. The town situated within 20 km from the troubled nuclear power plant with runaway reactors is desolated after its residents were evacuated shortly after the March 11, 2011, disaster that devastated much of Japan’s northeastern region. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Japan two years after earthquake and radiation leaking in 2011
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Minami-Soma City, Japan – Only 350 families, most of them elderly people, are housed in this temporary shelter in Minami-Soma, located some 36 km north of the troubled nuclear power plant, on February 28, 2013. Almost two years have come and gone since the March 11, 2011, disaster that destroyed much of the nation’s northeastern seaboard with the deadly earthquake and ensuing tsunami followed by the meltdown of the power plant’s reactors. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Japan two years after earthquake and radiation leaking in 2011
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Fukushima, Japan – A patient has his radiation dosage checked at the Japan Red Cross hospital in Fukushima, some 290 km northeast of Tokyo, on February 27, 2013. Almost two years have past since the meltdown of nuclear reactors at Fukushima No. 1 power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, out of fear of radiation exposure some 40 to 50 citizens visit the hospital daily to check their radiation dosage. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

Japan two years after earthquake and radiation leaking in 2011
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Koriyama, Japan – Fresh farm products are on sale at an agricultural products outlet in Koriyama, some 200 km northeast of Tokyo, on February 27, 2013. After radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant contaminated food produced in surrounding farmland, the government banned the sale of farm products from a large swath of area across the country’s northeastern region and enforced radiation tests on the fresh foods produced in municipalities related to the nuclear accident. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)