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Black sacks containing radiation-contaminated soil lie on a stretch of coast near Tomioka. The soil has been scraped away around a section of trees that were damaged in the 2011 tsunami.<br />
Four years after the Tohoku earthquake and a deadly tsunami that precipitated the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster, hundreds of square miles around the stricken reactor remain off-limits for habitation due to radioactivity. As part of the cleanup operation thousands of tonnes of topsoil have been removed and bagged up but currently there is a lack of suitable storage facilities for the radioactive material.