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Nuclear fears at Fukushima

<p>A fire truck sprays water at No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture in this still image taken from a video by the Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit on March 18, 2011.   REUTERS/Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit via Reuters TV</p>

A fire truck sprays water at No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture in this still image taken from a video by the Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit on March 18,...more

A fire truck sprays water at No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture in this still image taken from a video by the Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit on March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit via Reuters TV

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<p>Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima is seen in this satellite image, taken and released by DigitalGlobe March 18, 2011.   REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout</p>

Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima is seen in this satellite image, taken and released by DigitalGlobe March 18, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima is seen in this satellite image, taken and released by DigitalGlobe March 18, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

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<p>An employee of Yamagata city office holds a Geiger counter to detect radiation when evacuees from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear plant wish to be screened upon their arrival at an evacuation centre set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>

An employee of Yamagata city office holds a Geiger counter to detect radiation when evacuees from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear plant wish to be screened upon their arrival at an evacuation centre set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan...more

An employee of Yamagata city office holds a Geiger counter to detect radiation when evacuees from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear plant wish to be screened upon their arrival at an evacuation centre set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A girl looks at her mother as they are scanned for radiation at Azuma gymnastic hall in Fukushima, northern Japan, March 18, 2011.  Mandatory Credit REUTERS/KYODO</p>

A girl looks at her mother as they are scanned for radiation at Azuma gymnastic hall in Fukushima, northern Japan, March 18, 2011. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/KYODO

A girl looks at her mother as they are scanned for radiation at Azuma gymnastic hall in Fukushima, northern Japan, March 18, 2011. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/KYODO

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<p>Laundry of evacuees, mostly from the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear plant, are pictured at an evacuation centre set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>

Laundry of evacuees, mostly from the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear plant, are pictured at an evacuation centre set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami....more

Laundry of evacuees, mostly from the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear plant, are pictured at an evacuation centre set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows steam rising from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows steam rising from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows steam rising from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>Medical staff use a Geiger counter to screen a photographer for possible radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan, March 16, 2011. 

REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Medical staff use a Geiger counter to screen a photographer for possible radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan, March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Medical staff use a Geiger counter to screen a photographer for possible radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan, March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Medical staff use a Geiger counter to screen a woman for possible radiation exposure at a public welfare centre in Hitachi City, Ibaraki, March 16, 2011, after she evacuated from an area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The woman tested negative for radiation exposure. 


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Medical staff use a Geiger counter to screen a woman for possible radiation exposure at a public welfare centre in Hitachi City, Ibaraki, March 16, 2011, after she evacuated from an area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The woman tested...more

Medical staff use a Geiger counter to screen a woman for possible radiation exposure at a public welfare centre in Hitachi City, Ibaraki, March 16, 2011, after she evacuated from an area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The woman tested negative for radiation exposure. REUTERS/Asahi Shimbun

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<p>The No.3 nuclear reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning, March 14, 2011. 

REUTERS/Digital Globe</p>

The No.3 nuclear reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Digital Globe

The No.3 nuclear reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Digital Globe

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<p>A passenger from Japan passes through a scanner to check radiation levels at Incheon international airport, west of Seoul March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Truth Leem </p>

A passenger from Japan passes through a scanner to check radiation levels at Incheon international airport, west of Seoul March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Truth Leem

A passenger from Japan passes through a scanner to check radiation levels at Incheon international airport, west of Seoul March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Truth Leem

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<p>An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 17, 2011. Reactors 1 to 4 are seen from R to L in this picture taken more than 30km (18 miles) offshore from the site shortly before the start of the water-dropping operation. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 17, 2011. Reactors 1 to 4 are seen from R to L in this picture taken more than 30km (18 miles) offshore from the site shortly before the start of the water-dropping...more

An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 17, 2011. Reactors 1 to 4 are seen from R to L in this picture taken more than 30km (18 miles) offshore from the site shortly before the start of the water-dropping operation. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A man who just returned from Sendai gets checked for radiation levels at a research laboratory of Fudan University in Shanghai, March 17, 2011. 

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A man who just returned from Sendai gets checked for radiation levels at a research laboratory of Fudan University in Shanghai, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A man who just returned from Sendai gets checked for radiation levels at a research laboratory of Fudan University in Shanghai, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power</p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power

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<p>Medical staff screen the boots of a person who is concerned over radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan March 16, 2011. 

REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Medical staff screen the boots of a person who is concerned over radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Medical staff screen the boots of a person who is concerned over radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>The damaged roof of reactor number No. 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure is seen in this handout photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/TEPCO/Handout </p>

The damaged roof of reactor number No. 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure is seen in this handout photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Fukushima Prefecture,...more

The damaged roof of reactor number No. 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure is seen in this handout photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/TEPCO/Handout

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<p>A Japan Air Self-Defense Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter collects water from the ocean to drop on the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima, March 17, 2011.

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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter collects water from the ocean to drop on the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter collects water from the ocean to drop on the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

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<p>Medical staff screen each other prior to testing people who are concerned over radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan March 16, 2011. 

REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

Medical staff screen each other prior to testing people who are concerned over radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Medical staff screen each other prior to testing people who are concerned over radiation exposure at a public welfare center in Niigata, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Evacuees, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, sleep at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011. 

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Evacuees, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, sleep at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Evacuees, who fled from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plant, sleep at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A foreign currency dealer wears a helmet to protect himself from possible falling debris in Tokyo as he watches television news of an explosion at a nuclear plant, March 14, 2011.  
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A foreign currency dealer wears a helmet to protect himself from possible falling debris in Tokyo as he watches television news of an explosion at a nuclear plant, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A foreign currency dealer wears a helmet to protect himself from possible falling debris in Tokyo as he watches television news of an explosion at a nuclear plant, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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<p>Workers at the disaster response headquarters speak on telephones in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>

Workers at the disaster response headquarters speak on telephones in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Workers at the disaster response headquarters speak on telephones in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A Tokyo Electric Power official points at an illustration of a nuclear plant as he answers reporters' questions at the disaster center in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A Tokyo Electric Power official points at an illustration of a nuclear plant as he answers reporters' questions at the disaster center in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A Tokyo Electric Power official points at an illustration of a nuclear plant as he answers reporters' questions at the disaster center in Fukushima, northern Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A mother tries to talk to her daughter who has been isolated for signs of radiation after evacuating from the vicinity of Fukushima's nuclear plants, at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A mother tries to talk to her daughter who has been isolated for signs of radiation after evacuating from the vicinity of Fukushima's nuclear plants, at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in...more

A mother tries to talk to her daughter who has been isolated for signs of radiation after evacuating from the vicinity of Fukushima's nuclear plants, at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>A woman covers her mouth as she watches a television reporting news of a fresh explosion at Japan's quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, which is about 60 km (37 miles) from her restaurant, in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan March 14, 2011.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A woman covers her mouth as she watches a television reporting news of a fresh explosion at Japan's quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, which is about 60 km (37 miles) from her restaurant, in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan March 14,...more

A woman covers her mouth as she watches a television reporting news of a fresh explosion at Japan's quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, which is about 60 km (37 miles) from her restaurant, in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Technicians scan Red Cross rescue workers for signs of radiation in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

Technicians scan Red Cross rescue workers for signs of radiation in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Technicians scan Red Cross rescue workers for signs of radiation in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Japan Self-Defense Forces officers carry a victim who is suspected of being exposed to radiation in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor.  REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun</p>

Japan Self-Defense Forces officers carry a victim who is suspected of being exposed to radiation in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor. ...more

Japan Self-Defense Forces officers carry a victim who is suspected of being exposed to radiation in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun

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<p>A man who was evacuated from the vicinity of Fukushima's nuclear power plants is screened for radiation levels at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao </p>

A man who was evacuated from the vicinity of Fukushima's nuclear power plants is screened for radiation levels at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011. ...more

A man who was evacuated from the vicinity of Fukushima's nuclear power plants is screened for radiation levels at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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<p>Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>The damaged roof of reactor number No. 1 (L) is seen next to an undamaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mainichi Shimbun </p>

The damaged roof of reactor number No. 1 (L) is seen next to an undamaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011....more

The damaged roof of reactor number No. 1 (L) is seen next to an undamaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mainichi Shimbun

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<p>An official scans for signs of radiation on a woman in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun</p>

An official scans for signs of radiation on a woman in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun

An official scans for signs of radiation on a woman in Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture March 13, 2011 after radiation leaked from an earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daini nuclear reactor. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun

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<p>Caretakers carry a woman who is evacuated from a nursing home, which is located in the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, at a temporary shelter in Koriyama, March 13, 2011.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Caretakers carry a woman who is evacuated from a nursing home, which is located in the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, at a temporary shelter in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Caretakers carry a woman who is evacuated from a nursing home, which is located in the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, at a temporary shelter in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Official in protective gear talks to a woman who is from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama March 13, 2011.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Official in protective gear talks to a woman who is from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Official in protective gear talks to a woman who is from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Officials in protective gear stand next to people from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Officials in protective gear stand next to people from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Officials in protective gear stand next to people from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>People who are evacuated from a nursing home which is located in evacuation area around the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, rest at a temporary shelter in Koriyama, March 13, 2011.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

People who are evacuated from a nursing home which is located in evacuation area around the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, rest at a temporary shelter in Koriyama, March 13, 2011.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People who are evacuated from a nursing home which is located in evacuation area around the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant, rest at a temporary shelter in Koriyama, March 13, 2011.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Police wearing protective clothing and respirators head towards the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in trucks in Minamisouma City, Fukushima Prefecture March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri </p>

Police wearing protective clothing and respirators head towards the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in trucks in Minamisouma City, Fukushima Prefecture March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Police wearing protective clothing and respirators head towards the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in trucks in Minamisouma City, Fukushima Prefecture March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

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