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.
In Japan, tourism was hit by the catastrophic tsunami and resulting nuclear meltdown at Fukushima in 2011. Now the region is trying to attract visitors again, with a new hiking path along the disaster-stricken coast. Living Planet takes a walk along the hiking path to Fukishima.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said Japan "cannot do without" nuclear power ahead of the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami. Japan's leader also pledged to bolster decontamination efforts in irradiated areas.