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    Posted September 11, 2011 by
    Koriyama City, Japan

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    Fukushima - Six Months After


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter soremite shares with us this update from Fukushima's evacuation shelters, six months after an earthquake and tsunami wrecked havoc on the area and the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. He says, 'It feels longer than six months until we have other quakes. Then it feels like yesterday.'
    - elchueco, CNN iReport producer

    Some evacuees are still in 6 foot by 6 foot shelters, while others have been able to move into temporary housing. The housing is supposed to be there for two years. I don't know if they have to pay rent or utilities.


    The housing units are near larger central shelters where the military has set up temporary laundry facilities and even some public baths.


    Some school from around the world have been sending 'senbatsuru' or  1,000 folded cranes as well as letters and cards of encouragement.


    One photo shows a dosimeter used by each school in Fukushima to take daily readings from several spots around the school.


    We are being careful about electricity usage and trying to find ways to save power. We use fans instead of A/C, some stores use half the lights or no lights if they have skylights, many places with outdoor lighted signs turn them off or use them less, etc.


    For the most part life has returned to normal. A teacher will take a radiation reading at school and there are several buildings that have been torn down, but the general fear has gone down. I think the 80km US imposed evacuation zone has been lifted, but the 30km zone is still in place so the evacuees can't go back for a while. I would expect even if they lifted it today people wouldn't return until March or April or later.

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