Location of Naraha in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Total||103.45 km2 (39.94 sq mi)|
|• Density||80/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||Town of Naraha|
Naraha (楢葉町 Naraha-machi?) is a town in Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. It is inside the 20 km exclusion zone of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant; and as of early 2012 remains evacuated.
Among other attractions, Naraha housed J-Village, a state-of-the-art sports training and convention facility that also housed a hotel, restaurant and public bath. The Argentina National Football Team stayed at J-Village for the 2002 World Cup. Naraha also housed one of Japan's fifty-seven cycling terminals and an onsen (a hot spring with a traditional Japanese public bath).
2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
Naraha suffered great devastation as a result of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Naraha, with Tomioka, is home to the Fukushima Daini (Number 2) Power Plant. The Daini power plant had a problem with its cooling facility (see timeline). This was in addition to problems suffered by the nearby Fukushima Daiichi (Number 1) Power Plant. Naraha was evacuated as a result.
- Notice about suspension of service (PDF), JR East, 14 December 2011. (Japanese)
- Kay Van Ho, "Reaching out to our sister-city Naraha Japan", Euclid Observer, 13 April 2011.
- 2012 greeting from the mayor, Naraha website. (Japanese)
Media related to Naraha, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons
- Naraha official website (Japanese)
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