09 Apr '11, 9am

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Survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami walk by debris in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture. Residents of towns surrounding a crippled nuclear plant are regularly returning home, defying health warnings. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - RESIDENTS of towns surrounding a crippled nuclear plant are regularly returning home, an official said on Saturday, defying health warnings as the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl drags on. Others never left, refusing to evacuate from the 20-kilometre zone around Fukushima Daiichi when the power plant began spewing harmful radioactive materials four weeks ago. In Minamisoma city alone, at least 57 people have been inside the zone ever since the plant was severely damaged by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11. 'If they say they don't want to leave, we cannot force them,' a city official told AFP. 'Municipality staff and ...

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