Fukushima, Japan, was the scene of a major nuclear accident, caused by the major earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The tsunami flooded the facility, damaging equipment and prompting the meltdown.
The devastating magnitude 9 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami killed an estimated 20,000 people in Japan; the flood damage at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear facilitiy triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Three of the plant's six reactors went into meltdown. Work continues to clean up the site and return residents to their homes near the facility. This page collates recent DW content on Fukshima.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has led a somber ceremony in Tokyo to mark the seventh anniversary of the tsunami disaster. The tragedy killed some 18,500 people and triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
A Fukushima court has ordered the Japanese government and nuclear plant operator TEPCO to pay damages for the 2011 triple meltdown. The case was the largest class action suit brought over the nuclear disaster.
Even though radiation levels in a village near the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster still exceed international guidelines, its evacuated residents are being coerced to return, according to a Greenpeace report.