Minamisōma, Fukushima facts for kids
Minamisoma City Office
Location of Minamisōma in Fukushima
|• Total||398.50 km2 (153.86 sq mi)|
|Population (May 1, 2011)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Zelkova|
|- Others||Insect: Firefly|
|Address||2-27 Motomachi, Haramachi-ku, Minamisōma-shi, Fukushima-ken
Minamisōma was formed on 1 January 2006 when three neighboring towns were merged in a new city -- Haramachi, Odaka, and Kashima.
2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
The tsunami partly covered the city on 11 March 2011. It damaged the city severely. As of 9 April 2011, 400 residents were known to be dead and 1,100 missing.
Minamisōma is about 25km north of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Much of the city is in the area near the plant where people should not live. Most people in the city had to leave. About a week after the earthquake, Minamisōma was in the news again as the town's mayor Katsunobu Sakarai complained about orders telling people still near the plant to stay in their homes. He said they had been 'abandoned'.
In 2012, plans were made to build solar plant on radiation-contaminated farmland.
In 2013, some critics complained that reports issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) were misleading. According to some public health experts, the health impact of nuclear fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is under-estimated.
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