A photo taken from Yomiuri Shimbun's jetliner shows a construction of frozen underground soil walls work starting at the reactor No. 1 (R) of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO) in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture on June 2, 2014. Japanese government and TEPCO created the walls to prevent a contaminated undergroundwater from entering the buildings and facilities at the plant.
In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated the eastern coast of Japan. Thousands of people were killed, and scores more were displaced as a result of the natural disaster. The earthquake and resulting tsunami caused the meltdown of a nuclear power station located in Fukushima Prefecture. Radioactive material leaked into the Pacific Ocean, and the area surrounding the plant became irradiated. This led to the development of an exclusion zone around the plant, and the evacuation of cities near the stricken nuclear site.
Delegates from Hakusan City prepare to cut the ribbon on a new exhibit displaying photos and gifts sent from Hakusan City on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. The gifts are given in a formal exchange between Columbia and Hakusan City with each delegation visit.
Columbia shares connections with many international cities, including its sister city of Hakusan City in Japan.
City officials welcomed delegates this week from Columbia’s sister city Hakusan City in Japan. The visit commemorated the 25th anniversary of the relationship between the two cities. City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and Chairman Fukuda Hiroshi each gave a speech renewing the commitment between the two cities and exchanged gifts from each locality.