Hirono, Fukushima

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Location of Hirono in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Hirono in Fukushima Prefecture
Hirono is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°12′52″N 140°59′41″E / 37.21444°N 140.99472°E / 37.21444; 140.99472Coordinates: 37°12′52″N 140°59′41″E / 37.21444°N 140.99472°E / 37.21444; 140.99472
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Futaba
 • Total 58.39 km2 (22.54 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 5,653
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Hirono

Hirono (広野町 Hirono-machi?) is a town located in Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 5,653 and a density of 96.81 persons per km². The total area is 58.39 km².

In the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the town was included in the emergency evacuation preparation zone. The town's management, however, recommended that all residents evacuate and all civic services were shut down. The town's government returned and reopened on March 1, 2012.[1]

The fossil-fuel powered Hirono Power Station located directly at the Pacific Ocean about 3 km north of the town was also damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Tepco managed to returned the power station to operation four months later.


  1. ^ Hongo, Jun, "Evacuated town prepares for residents' return", Japan Times, 2 March 2012, p. 1.

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