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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fukushima fallout suit: 'Sailors were marinating in radioactive particles'

USS Ronald Reagan WashdownThere is a group of sailors and Marines, some from right here in the Northwest, who consider themselves warriors, wounded in a battle they didn't realize they were fighting against an enemy that's both terrifying and invisible: radiation.

It happened in 2011, right after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Now that group is suing over debilitating and even fatal diseases that may not show up for years.

In March and April of that year, the front line for the US Navy's 7th Fleet was the coast of Japan. When the 9.0 earthquake struck, followed by a massive tsunami, the 25-ship carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan arrived the next day to help. It was officially dubbed "Operation Tomodachi."

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