More than a year after tsunami, Fukushima beaches re-opened
After more than a year away, swimmers in Fukushima prefecture were allowed to return to the sea this week for the first time since disaster struck at the Japanese nuclear plant.
All of Fukushima's 17 beaches were closed last year to protect the public from radiation. A massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 wrecked the local nuclear plant, triggering meltdowns that contaminated food and water and forced mass evacuations.
Now, authorities have opened one of the beaches after declaring the water there to be safe.
"The water's still cold, but it's going to be a good season," Yukiei Hakozaki, a local guide, told Kyodo News. "We want lots of people to come." (© Independent News Service)