Fukushima Desolation Worst Since Nagasaki as Residents Flee

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nuclear crisis that left almost 20,000 people dead or missing may cost 17 trillion yen ($223 billion),

On April 26, 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl reactor hurled 180 metric tons of nuclear fuel into the atmosphere, creating the world’s first exclusion zone of 30 kilometers around a nuclear plant.

A quarter of a century later, the zone is still classed as uninhabitable. About 300 residents have returned despite government restrictions.

Radiation risks in the Fukushima 20 kilometer zone forced the evacuation of about 8 percent, or 160,000, of some 2 million people who live in Fukushima.

no-go zone in Fukushima will cover 132 square kilometers, surrounded by a permanent monitoring area of 264 square kilometers, assuming Japan follows the criteria set by the Soviet Union in 1986.

In the case of Chernobyl, the two zones cover a land mass 25 times greater




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