Evacuation warnings have been lifted for five areas near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
People living between 20 and 30 kilometres from Fukushima were not evacuated in the wake of the disaster but were told to be ready to do so. Now they do not have to worry.
Japan’s health minister said pregnant women and children will also be allowed to return. Schools will be able to re-open and restrictions against starting building projects will also be lifted.
The 20 kilometre exclusion zone remains around the centre of the site, since the earthquake and tsunami in March knocked out the reactors cooling systems, causing the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
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