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A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami in 2011 forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, leaving behind household belongings and pets. Neary a year later, the effects of the disaster can still be seen in the deserted area.

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Tsunami-devastated ships and debris are seen on Jan. 28, 2012 inside the exclusion zone of a 20-kilometre radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, Japan.

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Cows that escaped from a farm wander in the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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An empty shopping street is seen in Namie town, inside the exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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Cars and a ship destroyed by a tsunami are seen inside the exclusion zone. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011, triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

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A dog, which was rescued by United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan) from inside the exclusion zone, is seen inside a cage at the group's pet shelter in Samukawa town, Kanagawa prefecture.

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A resident, wearing a protective suit, makes a brief visit to the home in which he was evacuated from in Namie town.

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Dolls of the "Seven Gods of Good Fortune" are seen inside a house that was damaged by an earthquake in Namie town.

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A cat that was rescued by United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan) from Okuma town inside the exclusion zone is seen inside a cage at the group's pet shelter. Dogs and cats that were abandoned after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather.

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