News: Heap of radioactive ash in Tokyo is now longer than 140m

It’s covered with blue sheet. From a distance, it looks like a blue mountain.

It’s refuse incineration ash, which is more than 8,000 Bq/kg.

When they measured 9,740 Bq/kg from refuse incineration ash in late June, Japanese government decided to keep 8,000 ~ 100,000 Bq/kg of refuse incineration ash “temporarily”.

Refuse incineration ash of less than 2,000 Bq/kg is treated as “normal” ash.

Since late September, refuse incineration ash which is more than 8,000 Bq/kg has been increasing again.

Now they are 8~9m wide and 140m long at the moment of 10/11/2011 and it will even grow further.

There is no solution for that.

Because it costs billions of yen to stock them in a shelter, they are left outside.

They are just put on bentonite layer and covered with seepage control sheet.

Stupidly, elementary school and junior high school have their students visit there for field class.

More than 1,500 schools, 60,000 students visit there for no reason.

Before 3/10/2011, you were forbidden to take out 4 Bq/Kg of radioactive material from a lab.



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This website updates the latest news about the Fukushima nuclear plant and also archives the past news from 2011. Because it's always updated and added live, articles, categories and the tags are not necessarily fitted in the latest format.
I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


October 2011