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Japanese Authorities Fighting Wildfire in Evacuation Zone Near Fukushima NPP

© AFP 2021 / POOLThe crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station is seen through a bus window in Okuma on November 12, 2011
The crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station is seen through a bus window in Okuma on November 12, 2011 - Sputnik International
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Firefighters and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) have been fighting a wildfire in the evacuation zone near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (NPP) in northeastern Japan, where a major nuclear accident occurred in 2011, local media reported Monday.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — According the NHK broadcaster, the wildfire was caused by the lightning strike on Saturday. By the time the authorities of the affected prefectures of Fukushima and Miyagi asked for help from the JSDF, around 20 hectares (0.08 square miles) of woods burned out.

An aerial view shows the quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in the Japanese town of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture on March 12, 2011. (File) - Sputnik International
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There were no reports either about the wind direction or the changes in the background radiation level in relation to the fire.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was caused by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a subsequent tsunami and resulted in the massive radioactive contamination of the Japanese mainland. After the disaster people living within a 20 kilometers (12 miles) zone around the NPP were evacuated.

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