Japan: Beach ravaged by tsunami and Fukushima disaster reopens

Three beaches devastated by the 2011 tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster have been reopened to bathers for the first time in eight years on Monday. Officials hope that the reopening Haragamaobama beach in Soma City will change perceptions of the northwestern region, inexorably linked to the twin disasters of 2011. Local beach lovers were undeterred, despite being the closest of... Еще the three reopened beaches to Daiichi nuclear power plant (40km; 25 miles north). «In my time, it was totally different. Full of people. So many bathers up to there. The power plant caused this problematic situation and I am worried about the future,» said Yasuharu Murai. Student Mori Oogane chose to focus on the positives. «It's safe for us and everybody can enjoy without any fear,» she said. While there are signs of hope, some beaches will remain closed in the long-term for fear of nuclear contamination. The Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 followed a devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake, as a tsunami swept triggered a meltdown at the plant. Radioactive materials were released into the air and over 300,000 people were forced to evacuate.

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