FUKUSHIMA, Japan — It was a dark night and foggy morning.
The wind whipped up the leaves and the air had a chill.
The Japanese island of Fukushima had been on a lockdown since a powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11 knocked out power and triggered the evacuation of most of the surrounding islands.
It was not until Friday morning that the country had been fully reopened to the public.
But some of the city’s most important landmarks were still closed to the general public, including the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
A man rides a bike on a street in Fukushima, in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, on March 13, 2020.
Hide Caption 1 of 23 Photos: Photos: Japan: Japan quake and tsunami aftermath Photos: Japanese quake and earthquake aftermath Japanese earthquake and earthquake following tsunami – People inspect a damaged building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture on March 12, 2020, one day after the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan.
Hide caption The Fukushima Dai,ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture was evacuated on March 6, 2020 after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and a tsunami damaged the plant.
Hide full image album Hide caption A worker installs a temporary wall on the street where the Fukushima nuclear power station was damaged in Fukushima, Japan, on April 15, 2020.(AFP/Getty Images) Hide Caption 2 of 23 Photo: Photos, photos: Japan, Japan quake aftermath Japan earthquake aftermath – A woman checks on her baby in Fukuoka, a city near Fuku-Shima, on January 18, 2020(AFP/AFP/Reuters) Hide caption Children in Fukurikaze, Fukushima prefectures, watch the television at the school where the nuclear power plants earthquake and disaster happened on March 10, 2020 in Fukukawa, Japan.
A worker installs protective walls on a residential street in Fuchio, Fukushima, on December 14, 2019.(AFP) Hide next door: A worker fixes a water tower in Fukuri, Fukushima Prefectures on January 26, 2020 (AFP/ Getty Images)Hide Caption 3 of 23 Hide Caption 4 of 23 The Fukushima Dai nuclear power Plant, built in 1964, is seen in Fukushima city, Fukushima in Fukushima Preppi province on March 9, 2020 , after the quake and nuclear crisis.
The plant was damaged after the magnitude 9.0 quake and a series of tsunamis struck Japan on March 14, 2020 killing more than 17,000 people and releasing radioactive material into the atmosphere.
Hide next to a sign of the plant in a car on March 16, 2020 as workers fix the water tower.
People walk near the site of a magnitude 9 earthquake and tidal wave at the Fukuwa nuclear power power plant on March 17, 2020 outside the city of Fuku, in Fukushima.
Hide more pictures from Fukushima Hide Caption 5 of 23 The Fukushima nuclear Power Plant, which has been shut down since the March 11, 2020 earthquake and the tsunami, was reopened in May, 2021.(AFP / Reuters) Hide full picture album Hide Caption 6 of 23 The Fukushima nuclear Plant, the world’s largest, is pictured on March 22, 2021 after the Fukushima disaster.(AFP-Getty Images, EPA) Hide caption People inspect the Fukushima power plant site in Fukushima on March 19, 2021.
In this photo taken from a video camera, workers repair a collapsed building at a damaged Fukushima nuclear plant on the outskirts of the capital, Tokyo.(Reuters / YouTube) Hide picture gallery Photo: Photos taken on March 23, 2021 show damaged buildings, power lines and debris in Fukushima.(AFP PHOTO/ EPA)A man stands near a collapsed apartment building at Fukushima, a prefecture of Japan’s southwestern coast, on February 1, 2021, after the nuclear plant went into meltdown.(AFP photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO)A woman looks at damaged buildings in Fukushima as she visits a shelter for evacuees from the nuclear disaster on February 4, 2021(AFP Photo/ EPA, EPA/AFP PHOTO)A firefighter walks near damaged buildings on March 3, 2021 in Fukushima after the tsunami.
A tsunami off the coast of Japan killed more than 16,000 residents and damaged tens of thousands of buildings.(AFP Photo / EPA)In this handout photo taken March 12 by Reuters, an airship flies over the Fukushima Bay in Fukushima City, Fukushima as workers prepare to clear the area.(Reuters photo by Ryohei Sasahara)A worker checks out a damaged area in Fukushima at a shelter on March 8, 2021 following the tsunami.(Reuters Photo by Hiroko KANAMURA)A person walks past damaged buildings at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Chernobyl, Ukraine, on July 14, 2021 as a nuclear power outage was predicted.(Reuters PHOTO: Hiroko HOSHINO)A girl carries a baby as a rescue worker checks for survivors at a