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Fukushima beach in former evacuation zone reopens after 11 years

Located 25 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant… Madness!

Children swim at the reopened Iwasawa beach in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday.

July 16, 2022

Naraha, Fukushima Pref. – The Iwasawa swimming beach in the town of Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, reopened Saturday for the first time since it was shut down after the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

The beach became the first swimming beach to reopen in areas once covered by evacuation orders issued after the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The beach is located about 25 kilometers from the nuclear plant.

Before the disaster, the beach was popular among local surfers, attracting some 30,000 visitors every year.

Due to the tsunami, most of the beach’s facilities, such as a watch tower and revetment blocks, were destroyed.

As an evacuation order was issued for the whole of Naraha following the nuclear disaster, the beach had been left untouched.

After the evacuation ordered was lifted for Naraha in 2015, the town started fixing the damaged facilities in 2019 and completed the reconstruction work in March this year.

The town decided to reopen the beach after no problems were found in monitoring surveys of water quality and radioactive materials.

“We had to rebuild almost everything from scratch,” a town official said. “While preserving the atmosphere from before the disaster, we rebuilt beach facilities that are easier to use.”

Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto said, “We want the beach to once again become a popular tourist spot.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/07/16/national/fukushima-beach-reopens/

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