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Residents enter evacuation zone around Fukushima plant for perhaps the last time

Some spooky scenes today as residents took advantage of a two-hour window to visit their homes.

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Police officers man a checkpoint close to a no-go zone at Minami Soma, Fukushima prefecture, as vehicles with residents pass by to evacuate or go back to collect belongings on April 21. Later on Thursday the government declared the no-go zone for areas within 12 miles of the radiation-spewing Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

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A man wearing a protective suit walks along a street in deserted town of Futaba, inside the evacuation zone, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, April 21, 2011.

Sergey Ponomarev / AP

A dog stretches on an empty street in deserted town of Futaba, inside the 12-mile evacuation zone, in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, April 21. Japan declared the area evacuated around its radiation-spewing nuclear power plant a no-go zone on Thursday, urging residents to abide by the order for their own safety or possibly face fines or detention.