Debris from north Japan is only 1.13 times much as Great Hanshin Earthquake

Japanese government is distributing the debris from disaster area of North Japan to all over Japan.

As a reason of doing it, Japanese government is explaining the amount is too huge to reconstruct.

However, the total amount of debris is not so different from Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.

Because Kobe, the disaster area of Great Hanshin Earthquake is much more concentrated than the disaster area of 311, the debris was produced in a smaller area, but they were all processed within Kobe.

The amount of debris

Great Hanshin Earthquake : 20,000,K tones

311 : 22,600,K tones (113%)


Mr. Komichi Ikeda from Environmental research institute states, Disaster area is not troubled with the debris. Debris is not disturbing them to reconstruct. Most of the debris was made along the coastal area, but there is no reconstruction plan in coastal area anyway. If they process the debris locally, it can even increase the job opportunity.

Debris from north Japan is only 1.13 times much as Great Hanshin Earthquake


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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.


February 2012