Japan Earthquake: Then and Now

A nation rebuilds one year after the earthquake and tsunami disaster.
3:15 | 03/09/12

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The drama of the tsunami one year later it was a year ago Sunday that the earth shook violently Belize northern Japan. Unleashing that tsunami in creating the crisis at the nuclear plant the meltdown of three reactors. Well tonight the reactors are still leaking some radiation has the people of Japan. Are rebuilding their lives and ABC's Bill Weir brings us the story of life tonight from the heart of the tsunami -- One child who watched the tsunami come ashore described it as a hungry monster. You later. The monster has gone back to see. But -- the singing hills where somehow she -- that are running neighbors. And -- witness just how much that monster devouring. This city of 181000. Almost wiped clean. Around 191000 died on March 11. Hundreds families are still looking still digging for their loved ones. It was right oh well. Tunnel -- from after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant the invisible monster most fear now is radiation. Officials say that of the first 101000 people exposed only about seventy showed above average levels. Health experts from around the world now say many more people will die from the stress over this disaster. Them from radiation. Still shoppers are -- Fukushima -- mothers are demanding indoor playgrounds. And local government has promised free cancer screenings for every child. Every two years. -- tree respectfully -- sixty miles from the crippled plant we found small amounts of radiation in the soil and trees. And a lot of distrust in the residence. Does he trust with the government tells -- about radiation and I have no idea what's true and what's not this cabbie tells me I have no faith in any of them. We've heard this skepticism again and again in a culture where respect for authority is -- -- The Japanese -- government didn't say they've been amount down until more than two months after it hurt I think people -- very -- -- still very skeptical of the government. But they're still has resolved to go forward and the social fabric is as strong as ever -- -- us. This family photos -- pulled from the mud there cleaned and organized. Faint hope the -- survive on the off chance they'll come looking for a piece of the life. That washed away. And thousands of people -- found those little glimpses those little mementos. There and we actually found some of your old I'd rather than a year ago you remember they have -- -- -- -- try to reconnect their families there in Sendai what we found that I could you got. In a recording studio is actually a big deal in the punk -- -- in Japan. What of his new songs and he says is the middle finger to the owners of that Fukushima nuclear -- is much more engaged politically now. And 71 year old shocking -- she she gave food. She did she had so little and yet she gave us what -- hammered food to your team well we look back and she's actually looking out for her guests now under little bed and breakfast your family small -- still. Sporting that unlucky for -- she says everybody is so committed to rebuilding. But it'll take five or ten years because of the size -- was asked.

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