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For the first time in a year, residents of Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, were allowed to return to their homes after an evacuation order was lifted Monday for parts of their town, which was declared off-limits in the wake of the core meltdowns at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Many houses around JR Odaka Station remain damaged. Beach sand carried by the tsunami on March 11, 2011, dusts the roads. Homes that once stood on the coast are gone while abandoned vehicles dot the farmland.

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