by Russel Norman
Wednesday, March 14
9.23 AM Heading up to Fukushima on bullet train.
10.51 AM Fukushima nuke plant has 20km radius exclusion zone plus lge fallout shadow to NW that you can pass thru but too contaminated for food prod
10.53 AM We’re heading out towards Fukushima fallout exclusion zone where Govt is trying to decontaminate soil by scraping off top few cms
11.05 AM According to IAEA scraping off top 4cm results in 400 ton radiation contaminated soil to dispose of per hectare.
11.20 AM Eerie driving thru Fukushima evacuated zone seeing empty shops and curtained houses, no cars parked outside
11.34 AM Fukushima fallout zone -Paddy fields no longer can grow rice
1.17 PM Geiger counter just doubled as we head towards restricted zone at Fukushima
1.18 PM Crossing police lines at 20km radius from Fukushima
1.21 PM Abandoned houses and farms. No-one is allowed to live inside 20km radius from Fukushima
1.41 PM Geiger counter goes up over 6 micro sv inside zone
1.59 PM Visiting farms inside Fukushima restricted area where universities studying animal decontamination
2.40 PM Some farmers defied Govt orders to kill stock after Fukushima nuke disaster. Can’t sell them but protest Govt and power co, Tepco
3.24 PM We’re driving around the more urban parts of the Fukushima 20km restricted zon, a ghost town
6.17 PM Cascading problems of nuke accident. Radioactive concrete ended up in buildings. Who pays to demolish? and what of radioactive golf green?
6.18 PM And how to decontaminate lake beds that accumulate sediment and hence radioactive caescium?
9.43 PM Quite a quick drive from Fukushima to Tokyo down expressway. Now I know why the speedo has all those extra numbers..
10.34 PM At a bar, the great thing about Japan is most people are monoglots like me so I don’t feel inferior. The terrible thing about Japan…