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Fukushima Deaths Now Higher Than In Tsunami

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Fukushima Deaths Now Higher Than In Tsunami

Health complications from Japan’s 2011 tsunami have killed more people in one region than the disaster itself, according to authorities.

Data compiled by officials and police show that three years after the disaster, 1,656 people living in Fukushima prefecture have died from stress and other illnesses related to the tsunami.

That compares with the 1,607 people who were killed as the huge waves hit the coastline.

The waves left more than 18,000 people dead across the country and destroyed entire communities.

The tsunami caused a nuclear disaster after cooling systems at the Daiichi plant were knocked out, sending reactors into meltdown and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.

Source: Sky News

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