12 February 2017
Police officers and other searchers combed coastal areas in Fukushima Prefecture for traces of people missing in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on Feb. 11, a month ahead of the sixth anniversary of the disaster that led to the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant.
About 180 people took part in the search, including those from the Fukushima Prefectural Police, related police stations and a local fire department covering the Futaba region. In the district of Ukedo in Namie town, searchers filtered soil dug up by heavy-duty machines for clues to human remains. The district has been evacuated since the nuclear disaster.
According to the prefectural police department’s disaster management section, three pieces of what appeared to be human bone were discovered in Tomioka town. A seal and a driver’s license were unearthed in the Ukedo district.
(Translated by Kyodo News)