GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Thousands of displaced residents in northeastern Japan can finally return to their homes after the government has lifted evacuation orders — eight years following the devastation of a massive tsunami.

Cabinet official Yohei Ogino said March 26 the orders imposed in the hard-hit town of Okuma — where the crushed nuclear plant is located — will be partially lifted on April 10.

The Japan Times reported the town mayor acknowledged the decision a “very welcoming move.”

A 9-magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that killed over 18,000 people across the region in March 2011.

The tidal waves slammed into Fukushima nuclear plants and caused meltdowns. Radiation spewed into the air and contaminated seas — raising public fear and prompted complex cleanup.

Meanwhile, thousands of residents reportedly remain hesitant to return over health risks due to radiation.