Residents evacuated from the area after the March 2011 disaster are permitted to visit their homes once a month, but they are not allowed to stay overnight. Commercial fishing in the area has been banned, and the World Health Organization says children in Fukushima may have a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer.
Sept. 21, 2013 A relative of Yotsuno Kanno uses chopsticks to put Kanno’s remains into a family grave during a ceremony at a cemetery in the evacuated town of Minamitsushima, inside the exclusion zone in Fukushima prefecture. Kanno, like other area residents, was evacuated after the earthquake and tsunami struck the area and crippled a the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. She died in a temporary accommodation in May this year, two weeks short of her 100th birthday. Damir Sagolj/Reuters Buy Photo