The Environment Ministry said Monday that around half of the Tohoku tsunami debris has been disposed of or moved from the area since the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the region two years ago.
The ministry made its announcement to coincide with the two-year anniversary of the disaster. Construction contractors have moved some 5,630,000 tons of debris from Miyagi Prefecture, 142,000 tons from Iwate Prefecture and 490,000 tons from Fukushima Prefecture, the ministry said on its website. In total, there is believed to be around 16,280,000 tons to deal with, of which 7,540,000 tons have now been moved or incinerated.
A ministry spokesman said Monday that moving radioactive material has been a slower process. However, he added that removal of radioactive waste is proceeding in four areas -- Tamura, Naraha, Kawauchi and Iitate.© Japan Today