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Mar 4, 2016

Fukushima: Searching for lost ones

Fukushima: Searching for lost ones

Survivors exposed themselves to high levels of radiation five years ago while searching for family members swept away by the tsunami that triggered meltdowns at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. The disaster in March 2011 killed nearly 16,000 people along Japan's northeastern coast and left more than 2,500 missing. Family members continue to look for the bodies of their missing loved ones, when access to the area is permitted, as they still try to bring closure to their loss.

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Norio Kimura, 50, who lost his father, wife and elder daughter in the March 11, 2011 tsunami, is reflected in a window of his missing younger daughter Yuna's classroom of Kumamachi Elementary School inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 14, 2016. Survivors exposed themselves to high levels of radiation five years ago while searching for family members swept away by the tsunami that triggered meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. The disaster in March 2011 killed nearly 16,000 people along Japan's northeastern coast and left more than 2,500 missing. Family members continue to look for the bodies of their missing loved ones, when access to the area is permitted, as they still try to bring closure to their loss. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Norio Kimura, 50, who lost his father, wife and younger daughter in the March 11, 2011 tsunami, poses with a portrait of his missing daughter Yuna at a temple near his home inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 14, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A toy damaged in the March 11, 2011 tsunami, is seen inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 14, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Norio Kimura, 50, who lost his father, wife and daughter in the March 11, 2011 tsunami, searches for his missing younger daughter Yuna near his home inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 14, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A portrait of Kotaro Ueno, the son of Takayuki Ueno, 43, who lost his parents, daughter and son in the March 11, 2011 tsunami, is displayed at his home in the area damaged by the tsunami in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 15, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Takayuki Ueno, 43, who lost his parents, daughter and son in the March 11, 2011 tsunami, searches for missing people inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 14, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Takayuki Ueno, 43, who lost his parents, daughter and son in the March 11, 2011 tsunami, stands in front of his house that was damaged by the disaster in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 15, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A Reuters reporter measures a radiation level of 9.76 microsieverts per hour in front of Kumamachi Elementary School inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 13, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A damaged boat is seen in an area destroyed by the March 11, 2011 tsunami inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 14, 2016. Survivors exposed themselves to high levels of radiation five years ago while searching for family members swept away by the tsunami that triggered meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. The disaster in March 2011 killed nearly 16,000 people along Japan's northeastern coast and left more than 2,500 missing. Family members continue to look for the bodies of their missing loved ones, when access to the area is permitted, as they still try to bring closure to their loss. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Ripped bags containing radioactive soil from decontamination work are seen dumped on a beach devastated by the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Naraha, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 11, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A volunteer feeds swans in an area destroyed by the March 11, 2011 tsunami inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 14, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A dismantled sign that reads, "Nuclear Power - The Energy for a Better Future", is seen in the exclusion zone in Futaba, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 15, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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A damaged house is seen in an area destroyed by the March 11, 2011 tsunami inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 13, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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Swings in a kindergarten yard are covered in weeds inside the exclusion zone in Okuma, near Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, February 13, 2016. TORU HANAI/REUTERS

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