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The unintended effects from halting nuclear power production: Evidence from Fukushima Daiichi accident.

J Health Econ 2021 Jul 18;79:102507. Epub 2021 Jul 18.

Department of Economics, University of Verona, Via Cantarane 24, Verona 37129, Italy; Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark, Produktionstorvet 424, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. Electronic address:

This paper provides novel evidence of the unintended health effects stemming from the halt in nuclear power production after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. After the accident, nuclear power stations ceased operation and nuclear power was replaced by fossil fuels, causing an increase in electricity prices. We find that this increase led to a reduction in energy consumption, which caused an increase in mortality during very cold temperatures, given the protective role that climate control plays against the elements. Read More

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Radioactive impacts of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident on blue sharks in the Northwest Pacific.

Chemosphere 2021 Jul 14;285:131537. Epub 2021 Jul 14.

Key Laboratory of Particle and Radiation Imaging (Ministry of Education) and Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China. Electronic address:

The Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident (FDNPPA) derived Cs, Cs and Ag in blue sharks captured in the Northwest Pacific during 2011-2018 were assessed for the first time in the aspects of radioactive contamination, temporal variation, maternal-to-fetus transfer, tissue distribution and radiation dose, to demonstrate the impacts of the FDNPPA on blue sharks. The contribution of the FDNPPA derived radiocesium in blue sharks (>52%) was estimated based on Cs/Cs. The effective and ecological half-lives of the FDNPPA derived Cs (270 d, 410 d), and Cs (430 d, 450 d) were calculated. Read More

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Significance of Fukushima-derived radiocaesium flux via river-estuary-ocean system.

Sci Total Environ 2021 Jun 22;793:148456. Epub 2021 Jun 22.

School of Marine Science and Technology, Tokai University, 3-20-1 Orido, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka 424-8610, Japan.

The environmental dynamics of Fukushima-derived radiocaesium from land to ocean and the impact of its flux on the marine environment are matters of concern because radiocaesium will be continually transported to the open ocean for the next several decades, or possibly more than one hundred years. In order to assess the distribution and flux of radiocaesium in a river-estuary-ocean system, we investigated the activity concentration of radiocaesium in Matsukawa-ura Lagoon, the largest lagoon in Fukushima, where it is very easy to carry out observations with a wide salinity gradient. Activity concentrations of dissolved Cs are elevated in seawater of low to intermediate salinity. Read More

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Simultaneous removal of radioactive cesium and strontium from seawater using a highly efficient Prussian blue-embedded alginate aerogel.

J Environ Manage 2021 Jul 26;297:113389. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

Division of Energy Technology, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu, 42988, Republic of Korea; Department of Interdisciplinary Engineering, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu, 42988, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Radioactive cesium (Cs) and strontium (Sr) contaminants in seawater have been a serious problem since the Fukushima accident in 2011 due to their long-term health risks. For the effective and simultaneous removal of radioactive cesium (Cs) and strontium (Sr) from seawater, a Prussian blue (PB)-immobilized alginate aerogel (PB-alginate aerogel) was fabricated and its adsorption performance was evaluated. PB nanoparticles were homogeneously dispersed in the three-dimensional porous alginate aerogel matrix, which enabled facile contact with seawater. Read More

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Validity of the source term for the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station accident estimated using local-scale atmospheric dispersion simulations to reproduce the large-scale atmospheric dispersion of Cs.

J Environ Radioact 2021 Jul 26;237:106704. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakata, Tokai, Naka-gun, Ibaraki, 319-1195, Japan.

The source term of Cs from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) accident was estimated from the results of local-scale atmospheric dispersion simulations and measurements. To confirm the source term's validity for reproducing the large-scale atmospheric dispersion of Cs, this study conducted hemispheric-scale atmospheric and oceanic dispersion simulations. In the dispersion simulations, the atmospheric-dispersion database system Worldwide version of System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (WSPEEDI)-DB and oceanic dispersion model SEA-GEARN-FDM that were developed by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency were used. Read More

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How to overcome the difficulty of talking about the experience of a nuclear disaster.

Ryoko Ando

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 27:1466453211015397. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

NPO Fukushima Dialogue, Tabitomachi, Iwaki City 974-0151, Japan.

At the ICRP International Conference on Recovery After Nuclear Accidents Session 3.4 Forum on the Transmission of Experience held in December 2020, a panel discussion took place on the topic, 'How to overcome the difficulty to talk about the experience of nuclear accidents?'. The facilitator was Ryoko Ando (NPO Fukushima Dialogue) and the following six people participated as panelists: Atsushi Chiba (teacher at Fukushima Prefectural Asaka High School), Yoshiko Aoki (NPO Group of Storytellers About 311 in Tomioka), Miku Endo (Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum), Kenji Shiga (former Director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum), Thierry Schneider (Centre d'étude sur l'Evaluation de la Protection dans le domaine Nucléaire), and Noboru Takamura (Director of Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum, Nagasaki University). Read More

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Assessing the impact of large-scale farmland abandonment on the habitat distributions of frog species after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

Oecologia 2021 Jul 27. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8506, Japan.

Rice paddies function as wetlands; therefore, abandoned paddy fields cause a loss of habitats for aquatic species, such as amphibians. Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, paddy fields around the plant were abandoned and rapidly dried. To identify the impact of large-scale abandonment of paddy fields on the habitats of frogs, we investigated changes in the distributions of four frogs that breed in paddy fields using niche modeling and field surveys. Read More

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R&D of JAEA for the decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

Koichi Noda

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 27:1466453211010892. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Japan Atomic Energy Agency Fukushima Research and Development Division, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan; e-mail:

This paper does not necessarily reflect the views of the International Commission on Radiological Protection.Since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in March 2011, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been contributing actively to the environmental recovery of Fukushima and the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station from a technical aspect, through a wide range of research and development (R&D) activities including fundamental research and applicational technology development. JAEA has been conducting R&D such as the characterisation of fuel debris, and treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes based on the 'Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap' authorised by the Japanese Government. Read More

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Intention to return in residents of Okuma and its characteristics: the evacuation order was lifted eight years after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident.

J Radiat Res 2021 Jul 27. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Department of Global Health, Medicine and Welfare, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University, 1-12-4 Sakamoto, Nagasaki 8528523, Japan.

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Lead exposure is associated with functional and microstructural changes in the healthy human brain.

Commun Biol 2021 Jul 26;4(1):912. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

Division of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

Lead is a toxin known to harm many organs in the body, particularly the central nervous system, across an individual's lifespan. To date, no study has yet investigated the associations between body lead level and the microstructural properties of gray matter areas, and brain activity during attention-demanding tasks. Here, utilizing data of diffusion tensor imaging, functional magnetic resonance imaging and cognitive measures among 920 typically developing young adults, we show greater hair lead levels are weakly but significantly associated with (a) increased working memory-related activity in the right premotor and pre-supplemental motor areas, (b) lower fractional anisotropy (FA) in white matter areas near the internal capsule, (c) lower mean diffusivity (MD) in the dopaminergic system in the left hemisphere and other widespread contingent areas, and (d) greater MD in the white matter area adjacent to the right fusiform gyrus. Read More

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Production and supply of alpha particles emitting radionuclides for Targeted Alpha Therapy (TAT).

J Nucl Med 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

University of Washington.

Encouraging results of Targeted Alpha Therapy (TAT) have created significant attention from academia and industry. However, the limited availability of suitable radionuclides has hampered widespread translation and application. In the present review, we discuss the most promising candidates for clinical application and the state of the art of their production and supply. Read More

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Mental Health Consequences of the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima Nuclear Disasters: A Scoping Review.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 Jul 13;18(14). Epub 2021 Jul 13.

Department of Disaster Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan.

Many individuals who were affected by the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident continue to face a challenging recovery. We reviewed the long-term mental health consequences of three major nuclear power plant accidents: the Three Mile Island (TMI, 1979), Chernobyl (1986), and Fukushima (2011) nuclear disasters. We examined the relevant prospective cohort studies and before-and-after studies that covered more than two timepoints, searching four databases (PubMed, Ichushi, PsyArticles, and PTSDPub). Read More

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Heat stress induces oxidative stress and activates the KEAP1-NFE2L2-ARE pathway in bovine endometrial epithelial cells.

Biol Reprod 2021 Jul 22. Epub 2021 Jul 22.

Laboratory of Animal Genetics and Reproduction, Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku Kita 9 Nishi 9, Sapporo 060-8589, Japan.

Heat stress adversely affects the reproductive function in cows. Although a relationship between heat stress and oxidative stress has been suggested, it has not been sufficiently verified in bovine endometrial epithelial cells. Here, we investigated whether oxidative stress is induced by heat stress in bovine endometrial epithelial cells under high temperature. Read More

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Migration behavior of radiostrontium and radiocesium in arid-region soil.

Chemosphere 2021 Oct 25;281:130953. Epub 2021 May 25.

Environmental and Life Sciences Research Center Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, P. O. Box 24885, Safat, 13109, Kuwait.

The time-dependent of the average migration, depths and migration rates of radiostrontium and radiocesium were experimentally determined in sandy soil in Kuwait. The study aimed to describe the behavior of these radionuclides in typical soil types in Kuwait. Custom-made large-diameter lysimeters (30 cm) were constructed to hold about 70 kg of undisturbed soil. Read More

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Long-term observation of mortality among inpatients evacuated from psychiatric hospitals in Fukushima prefecture following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Sci Rep 2021 Jul 19;11(1):14651. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

Department of Neuropsychiatry, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Hikarigaoka-1, Fukushima, 960-1295, Japan.

The debate regarding the need for hospital evacuation and the evacuation distance remains rather chaotic. Furthermore, the relationship between hospital evacuation and the prognoses of psychiatric inpatients has not yet been investigated. We aimed to reveal the association between the long-term prognosis of psychiatric inpatients evacuated immediately following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident and their backgrounds. Read More

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Chornobyl exclusion zone: current status and challenges.

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 19:1466453211028032. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

Research Institute of Nuclear Engineering, University of Fukui, Japan.

Comparisons of the large nuclear accidents that occurred at the nuclear power plants in Chornobyl and Fukushima usually focus on the emission of radionuclides, the contamination area, doses to the public and liquidation workers, etc. However, little attention has been paid to various factors that affect decisions regarding the future development of these territories, such as the sociopolitical and economic situation in the countries during the accident and at the present time, the density and structure of the population, climate change, media coverage, and accessibility of information to the public. This article attempts to discuss the above factors, speculates about the paths for future development of both exclusion zones, and suggests the most promising areas for joint research in the future. Read More

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IRPA practical guidance for engagement with the public on radiation and risk.

J Radiol Prot 2021 Jul 15. Epub 2021 Jul 15.

Former President, International Radiation Protection Association, St Dennis, FRANCE.

The International Radiation Protection Association, IRPA, promotes the worldwide enhancement of professional competence, radiation protection culture and practice by providing benchmarks of good practice, as well as encouraging the application of the highest standards of professional conduct, skills and knowledge for the benefit of individuals and society. Enhancing public understanding of radiation and risk is highlighted by experiences from past emergencies, including the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011 and the following post-disaster recovery, as one of the most important challenges, and this challenge is common across almost all public interfaces regarding radiation and risk. To this end IRPA has been continuing a Task Group activity for Public Understanding since 2013. Read More

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Activities to support individual dosimetry of children in Kawamata Town.

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 14:1466453211010918. Epub 2021 Jul 14.

Kindai University School of Medicine, Japan.

This paper does not necessarily reflect the views of the International Commission on Radiological Protection.Kawamata Town in Date District, Fukushima Prefecture is located more than 30 km north-west of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but on 22 April 2011, part of the Yamakiya District of Kawamata Town was designated as a planned evacuation area. The exposure of children was a concern in Kawamata Town. Read More

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The institutional structure for decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Hajimu Yamana

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 14:1466453211015396. Epub 2021 Jul 14.

Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation, 2-2-5 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan; e-mail:

This paper does not necessarily reflect the views of the International Commission on Radiological Protection.This article describes the institutional structure established for decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. To deal with the aftermath of the unprecedented nuclear accident in Fukushima, several responsible institutions such as Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) have worked together at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Read More

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Feedback assessment from the audience as part of health literacy training for health professionals: a case from Fukushima after the nuclear accident.

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 13:1466453211010919. Epub 2021 Jul 13.

Division of Community Health and Research, Osaka Women's and Children's Hospital, Japan.

Following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011, a series of health literacy training workshops for local health workers was developed and implemented. This study aimed to analyse who among the intended audience gained the greatest benefit from the training. Nine health workers attended a workshop consisting of classroom training and a follow-up feedback assessment of materials they created in the workshop. Read More

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From a policy perspective: what is at stake?

N Ban

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 13:1466453211006817. Epub 2021 Jul 13.

Nuclear Regulation Authority, 1-9-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8450, Japan; e-mail:

This paper does not necessarily reflect the views of the International Commission on Radiological Protection.What is at stake? It was one of the most frequently asked questions in a series of fora with concerned parties on the rehabilitation of living conditions in the aftermath of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It was obvious that radioactive contamination was the source of the problem, and people were at a loss over how to cope with the situation. Read More

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Untangling radiocesium dynamics of forest-stream ecosystems: A review of Fukushima studies in the decade after the accident.

Environ Pollut 2021 Jul 6;288:117744. Epub 2021 Jul 6.

Graduate School of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 3-5-8 Saiwai-cho, Fuchu, Tokyo, 183-8509, Japan.

Forest-stream ecosystems are widespread and biodiverse terrestrial landscapes with physical and social connections to downstream human activities. After radiocesium is introduced into these ecosystems, various material flows cause its accumulation or dispersal. We review studies conducted in the decade after the Fukushima nuclear accident to clarify the mechanisms of radiocesium transfer within ecosystems and to downstream areas through biological, hydrological, and geomorphological processes. Read More

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Evaluation of tall fescue as a low radiocesium-uptake grass species to replace orchardgrass in Japan.

J Environ Radioact 2021 Jul 3;237:106694. Epub 2021 Jul 3.

Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, 768 Senbonmatsu, Nasushiobara, Tochigi, 329-2793, Japan.

Grasslands in Tohoku and North Kanto, Japan were contaminated with radiocesium released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011. The dominant pasture species in the permanent grasslands of these areas is orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.). Read More

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STING, a cytosolic DNA sensor, plays a critical role in atherogenesis: a link between innate immunity and chronic inflammation caused by lifestyle-related diseases.

Eur Heart J 2021 Jul 6. Epub 2021 Jul 6.

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Tokushima University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 3-18-15, Kuramoto-Cho, Tokushima 770-8503, Japan.

Aims : Lifestyle-related diseases promote atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammatory disease; however, the molecular mechanism remains largely unknown. Endogenous DNA fragments released under over-nutrient condition provoke sterile inflammation through the recognition by DNA sensors. Here, we investigated the role of stimulator of interferon genes (STING), a cytosolic DNA sensor, in atherogenesis. Read More

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Health management and care following the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident: overview of Fukushima Health Management Survey.

Kenji Kamiya

Ann ICRP 2021 Jul 5:1466453211015402. Epub 2021 Jul 5.

Fukushima Medical University Radiation Medical Science Centre for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, 1 Hikarigaoka, Fukushima City 960-1295, Japan.

Following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima Prefecture is conducting the Fukushima Health Management Survey, which has been contracted out to Fukushima Medical University. The purpose of this survey is to investigate the exposure doses and health conditions of the residents of Fukushima Prefecture in order to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases at an early stage, and to maintain and improve the health of residents in the future.This survey consists of a basic survey to estimate external exposure doses and detailed surveys to investigate health conditions. Read More

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Visualizing drivers of gender health disparities: Ongoing participatory action research following the 2011 disaster in Japan.

Mieko Yoshihama

Soc Sci Med 2021 Aug 18;283:114133. Epub 2021 Jun 18.

University of Michigan School of Social Work1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1106, USA. Electronic address:

As part of an ongoing participatory action research project initiated following the 2011 Great East Japan Disaster to improve disaster policies and responses, this study examines social factors and processes that affect women's well-being in and after disasters. Using PhotoVoice methodology, the project has engaged women affected by the Great East Japan Disaster in participatory assessment and analysis over the last ten years. Begun in three sites in June 2011, the project is currently operating in seven locations: four in the coastal areas affected by the tsunami in the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures; two in Fukushima Prefecture; and one in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, where the largest number of out-of-prefecture evacuees reside. Read More

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Constraints on Cosmic Strings Using Data from the Third Advanced LIGO-Virgo Observing Run.

Phys Rev Lett 2021 Jun;126(24):241102

SUPA, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ, United Kingdom.

We search for gravitational-wave signals produced by cosmic strings in the Advanced LIGO and Virgo full O3 dataset. Search results are presented for gravitational waves produced by cosmic string loop features such as cusps, kinks, and, for the first time, kink-kink collisions. A template-based search for short-duration transient signals does not yield a detection. Read More

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Association between Psychosocial Factors and Oral Symptoms among Residents in Fukushima after the Great East Japan Earthquake: A Cross-Sectional Study from the Fukushima Health Management Survey.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 06 4;18(11). Epub 2021 Jun 4.

Department of Epidemiology, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan.

Oral health is closely related to subjective general health and systemic diseases. This cross-sectional study aimed to identify the factors related to oral symptoms and their worsening in relation to psychosocial factors after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In this study, 64,186 residents aged 15-101 years old, who experienced the earthquake on 11 March 2011, were surveyed regarding their oral symptoms; psychological factors, such as post-traumatic reactions and psychological distress; and social factors such as evacuation, work change, and loss of a close person; history of systemic diseases; and lifestyle. Read More

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Disruption of Child Environments and Its Psychological Consequences After the Fukushima Disaster: a Narrative Review Based on the Ecological Systems Model.

Curr Psychiatry Rep 2021 07 1;23(8):49. Epub 2021 Jul 1.

Department of Disaster Psychiatry, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima, Japan.

Purpose Of Review: A high prevalence of clinically significant mental health problems was found in children affected by the Fukushima disaster in Japan. We reviewed the literature on child mental health to examine how disasters impacted children in Fukushima.

Recent Findings: Children's environments, such as family and peer systems, were disrupted by radiation concerns and evacuation. Read More

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