25 Aug '11, 2am

Sunflowers in #Fukushima bring colour, and hope: via @Reuters

Sunflowers in #Fukushima bring colour, and hope: via @Reuters

Date: 24-Aug-11 Country: JAPAN Author: Antoni Slodkowski and Yuriko Nakao Reuters/Yuriko Nakao Photo: A geiger counter is placed in front of sunflowers in full bloom in Fukushima, northern Japan August 6, 2011. Sparks from burning strips of paper swirled into the hot summer sky, carrying the names of the dead above a temple in Fukushima where thousands of sunflowers have been planted to help fight the omnipresent radiation. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant some 50 km away suffered a series of core meltdowns and explosions after the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems, setting off the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forcing tens of thousands from their homes. "It is as if an invisible snow had fallen on Fukushima and continued to fall, covering the area," said Koyu Abe, chief monk at the Buddhist Joenji temple. "This snow, w...

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