Two years ago, a 9.03-magnitude earthquake and its ensuing tsunami devastated Japan and caused nuclear meltdowns at three reactors in the northeastern coastal city of Fukushima. The quake—according to records, the fourth largest since 1900—resulted in the death of 15,881 people, with 2,668 more missing and 6,142 injured, according to updated police estimates. Residents within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated, but the World Health Organization has said the area’s affected residents face a small, almost undetectable increased cancer risk as a result of radiation exposure. Look through the photos below to see how the desolate region is working to rebuild itself.
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