Tsunami debris from Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture arrived in Tokyo on Friday morning. The first batch of 36 tons of mainly wood and metal arrived on a special train at a cargo terminal at Tokyo station at around 2 a.m.
Both the Miyagi and Tokyo governments tested the debris for cesium and other other radioactive elements this week before it left Onagawa. A small amount was incinerated and the ashes were measured for radiation. Having got the all-clear, the Tokyo government approved the transport on Thursday night.
As the first step toward disposal, the debris will be divided into burnable and non-burnable before being taken to incineration plants in the 23 wards. The debris will be constantly monitored for radiation, officials said, according to TBS. Non-combustible debris will be buried in landfill areas in Tokyo Bay.
Onagawa is only the second town to send debris to Tokyo for disposal. In November and December, the city accepted 11,000 tons of debris from Miyako in Iwate Prefecture. In all, Tokyo plans to receive a total of 500,000 tons from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures by the end of March.
Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures have massive mountains of rubble, said to weigh more than 23 million tons. However, prefectural government officials say that all storage areas are now full and that they need to ask other prefectures to help with disposal.© Japan Today