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Matsuki Kamoshita (Right), 17-Year-Old Native of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Still Voluntarily Taking Refuge in Tokyo, Speaks about Hard Experiences after Evacuating from Hometown, Including Bullying, beside Pope Francis at Meeting in Capital's Chiyoda Ward
The 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent monster tsunami waves on March 11 2011 severely damaged Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. A breakdown of cooling systems left nuclear reactors overheating, resulting in core meltdowns. The accident and suspension of other plants in the quake-hit areas have caused serious power supply shortages in various parts of eastern Japan including Tokyo.