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Apr 1, 2014 5:22 AM

Fukushima Evacuation Lifted

JAPAN - Residents of an area just 12 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant were allowed to return home today.

The area has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011.

That's when the Government ordered evacuations due to the crisis at the Fukushima Daichi facility sparked by a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Today's return is a milestone for the 357 registered residents of the district.

More than 160,000 people were forced to evacuate from towns near the Fukushima plant.

Around a third of them are still living in temporary housing.

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