After being away for more than six months, residents of Fukushima are returning to their homes. After the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake now called the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of 2011, more than 80,000 residents within a twelve mile radius of the now infamous Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant were told to evacuate. Residents are returning, likely for the last time, to get as many items as they can carry before they are likely to be banned permanently from returning because radiation levels have made continued habitation there unsafe. Decontaminating the area will take years and likely not even be successful, so the chances of people living in the radiation afflicted areas in the future are very slim. The UK’s Guardian was allowed to accompany Tokyo Electric Power and its organized trips for family’s back to their homes. The article by Justin McCurry describes a desolate and barren landscape akin to what Chernobyl looks like as depicted particularly in the film below. Residents do not openly criticize Tokyo Electric Power because it is a major regional employer though this is not universal. Nuclear power is arguably safe but it cannot be said to be free from risks with Chernobyl and now Fukushima standing as grim reminders of its destructive potential.