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Wed Mar 11, 2015, 05:58 AM

250,000 Japanese still displaced 4 years after quake

Source: USA Today

Radiation levels remain as much as 10 times above normal in areas surrounding the plant, and scores of towns and villages remain off-limits despite a massive cleanup effort. "At first, I thought we would be gone a few days or weeks. Now, I'm not sure if we will ever go back," said Kanno, 29.

As Japan marks the anniversary of the March 11, 2011, disaster, officials concede that recovery throughout the region is lagging.

Nearly a quarter-million Japanese still live in temporary or interim housing. Hundreds of square miles of forests, farmland and townships remain uninhabitable because of radiation. Endless rows of thick vinyl bags filled with contaminated soil litter the countryside but represent just a fraction of the land that must be scraped up and hauled away before residents can return.

At the stricken power plant, radiation is no longer escaping into the air, but workers are still battling to contain leaks of contaminated water. The plant won't be fully decommissioned for at least three decades.

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Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/03/09/japan-tsunami-radiation-fourth-anniversary-fukushima/24254887/

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davidpdx Mar 2015 #1

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Wed Mar 11, 2015, 09:36 AM

1. The people in Fukushima got screwed.........

It will likely be 2050 before the town is able to partially recover from the disaster. They say three decades, but we know things go wrong and delays happen. They might as well level everything at this point because will be dilapidated by the time anyone can go back.

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