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The Fallout: Fukushima nuclear plant a year after earthquake

Rock Center

The area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi plant is a hotspot of radiation nearly a year after the plant suffered a triple meltdown in the wake of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel traveled to the evacuation zone surrounding the mangled plant. High levels of radiation have turned the neighborhoods within a 12 mile radius of the plant into ghost towns.

Nearly a year after a tsunami and 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, radiation levels were so high, the NBC News team on the ground had to wear face masks and full body suits. Even as NBC News drove half a mile from the reactor, radiation monitors were screaming in alarm.

Editor's Note: Click here to watch Richard Engel's full report, 'The Fallout,' from NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.