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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 22, 2017 shows inside the pedestal of reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID AND AFP PHOTO / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 22, 2017 shows inside the pedestal of reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID AND AFP PHOTO / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 22, 2017 shows inside the pedestal of reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID AND AFP PHOTO / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 22, 2017 shows inside the pedestal of reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID AND AFP PHOTO / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 22, 2017 shows inside the pedestal of reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID AND AFP PHOTO / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 21, 2017 shows a part of the platform inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 21, 2017 shows a part of the pedestal wall inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 21, 2017 shows a part of the pedestal wall inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 21, 2017 shows a part of the pedestal wall inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This handout video grab taken with an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 21, 2017 shows part of housing equipment of a control rod drive inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said on July 21 it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan's northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This frame grab taken from handout video from an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 19, 2017, shows a part of the platform inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive and deadly tsunami, which smashed into the power station at Fukushima and sparked the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This frame grab taken from handout video from an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 19, 2017, shows a part of platform inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive and deadly tsunami, which smashed into the power station at Fukushima and sparked the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This frame grab taken from handout video from an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 19, 2017, shows the lower part of a control rod drive inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive and deadly tsunami, which smashed into the power station at Fukushima and sparked the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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This frame grab taken from handout video from an underwater robot and provided by Japan's International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) on July 19, 2017, shows part of housing equipment of a control rod drive inside reactor No. 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive and deadly tsunami, which smashed into the power station at Fukushima and sparked the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / IRID / Handout / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / IRID" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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Satoru Yamazaki (R) prays at the remains of unknown person in the crypt at the town of Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture on March 11, 2017. Japan is marking on March 11 the sixth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 quake which struck under the Pacific Ocean and the ensuing tsunami which left about 18,500 people dead or missing. The massive flow of water overwhelmed cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, causing meltdowns in three of its six reactors in what was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT

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Buddhist monks pray at the Okawa elementray school in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture on March 11, 2017. Japan is marking on March 11 the sixth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 quake which struck under the Pacific Ocean and the ensuing tsunami which left about 18,500 people dead or missing. The massive flow of water overwhelmed cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, causing meltdowns in three of its six reactors in what was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUT

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Staff of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) measure by dosemeter the central operating control room of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture on March 10, 2014, nearly three years after the plant was paralyzed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Members of the media were allowed into the plant a day before the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. AFP PHOTO /POOL / Koji Sasahara

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Akira Ono (L), plant chief for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), speaks to the media inside the main anti-earthquake building at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma in Fukushima prefecture on March 10, 2014, nearly three years after the plant was paralyzed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Members of the media were allowed into the plant a day before the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. AFP PHOTO / Toru Hanai / POOL

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Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees wearing protective suits and masks stand under a banner reading "Decrease 0.01 mSv par a day for a person," inside the No. 5 reactor building at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Futaba in Fukushima prefecture on March 10, 2014, nearly three years after the plant was paralyzed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Members of the media were allowed into the plant a day before the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. AFP PHOTO / Toru Hanai / POOL

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Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees wearing protective suits and masks walk alongside a wall lined with thousands of paper cranes inside the main anti-earthquake building at the tsunami-crippled TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma in Fukushima prefecture on March 10, 2014, nearly three years after the plant was paralyzed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Members of the media were allowed into the plant a day before the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. AFP PHOTO / Toru Hanai / POOL

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KIEV, Ukraine - A charity concert is held in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 11, 2012, the first anniversary of the quake and tsunami in Japan, in which Ukrainian and Japanese musicians played pieces composed for people affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine and the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The proceeds will be donated to the people affected by the two accidents. (Kyodo)

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KIEV, Ukraine - People holding candles offer prayers in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 11, 2012, the first anniversary of the quake and tsunami in Japan. Ukraine suffered from the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, while the Japan disaster triggered the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Kyodo)

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TOPSHOTS A worker (R) wearing a protective suit and mask works on top of the destroyed no.4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Issei KATO

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Sunday, April 2, 2006 photo, a child's bed lies in front of a wall with peeling paint in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 10

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Sunday, April 2, 2006 photo shows a monument to firefighters and emergency workers in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 11

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo shows dilapidated shelves in a dressing room of a kindergarten at the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 5

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo shows a Ferris wheel at a playground in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 4

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo shows a Soviet emblem atop an apartment building in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 2

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo shows graffiti on the walls of a building in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 3

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo shows numbered pegs in a cloakroom of a hospital in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 7

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo, a doll with a gas mask lies on the frame of a bed in the sleeping room of a kindergarten in the deserted town of in Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 8

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This April 2, 2006 photo shows an obstetric chair in front of a hospital in the deserted town of Pripyat, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 9

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo, portraits of ancient physicists and mathematicians hang on a wall in a school in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 6

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo shows a statue of the Buddha in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 11

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo, cherry tree blossom petals collect in a puddle in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 10

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo, a bicycle lies on the ground in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 3

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo, a gurney and other platforms lie in front of the entrance to a hospital in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 9

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo shows a handicapped symbol in a parking lot of the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 8

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo shows a close up of a model of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at the local history museum in Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 2

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo shows a playground at a kindergarten in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 4

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Wednesday, June 8, 2011, shoes occupy cubby holes in the dressing room of a kindergarten in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 5

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo a fan rests on the wall of a house in in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 6

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - This Thursday, April 21, 2011 picture shows umbrella locks at the local history museum in Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 7

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Thursday, April 21, 2011 photo, a dog walks across a street in the deserted town of Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 1

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A Japanese survivor of the earthquake and tsunami rides his bicycle through the leveled city of Minamisanriku, in northeastern Japan, Tuesday March 15, 2011. First a 9.0 earthquake_the fifth largest since 1900_ struck off of the coast of northern Japan. The trembler brought a devastating tsunami that obliterated town after town along the coastline. The quake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactors contaminating a vast area around it. After Japan's triple disaster, more than 25,000 people are dead or missing, hundreds of thousands are homeless, and the severity of the nuclear reactor has been raised to level 7, the highest level possible, ranking it the same as Chernobyl. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2011 AND THEREAFTER - In this Sunday, April 2, 2006 photo, a dog walks in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) ONE OF PAIR NO. 1