This is one of the “temporary temporary” storage sites for radiated soil in #Fukushima City. The radiated material is buried in the middle of all of these bags of soil, which help keep the #radiation contained. The levels of radiation measured at the time they were bagged one year ago is written on the front. All are under safe levels. Here’s what I learned from Mr. Hitoshi Aoki, who works for the Technical Advisory Staff of the Decontamination Information Center at the Ministry of the Environment regarding contaminated water that is leaking through some of the fissures in wall of the reactor into the ocean. According to Mr. Aoki, the water is being closely monitored and the levels within 100 meters of the plant have no detectable levels of radiation (though I would like to see that with my own eyes). He said that while contaminated material on land can be cleared as they have been temporarily into these bags, the radiation in the ocean cannot be removed but is believed to have mostly settled onto the seabed. It is believed that 70,000 square meters of seabed surrounding the plant are contaminated. They are currently experimenting with sealing this material to the bottom of the ocean with cement. Tepco has enough storage for 800,000 tons of contaminated water, of which approximately 60%, or 500,000 tons have been used. They are currently negotiating with the fisheries about releasing this water into the ocean AFTER it has been treated. Approximately 400 tons of contaminated water is produced each day. Luckily I was a former mathlete 😉 and can tell you that at that rate #Tepco has about 2 years to figure out what to do with the water before they run out of storage. I want to believe that the Japanese are clever enough to figure this out by then. Mr. Aoki moved to Fukushima City from Tokyo after the earthquake to devote his life to figuring out a solution to this massive problem. He says he will stay until the decontamination work is done and that he is hopeful all 80,000 people displaced from radiated areas of Fukushima will be able to return home in his lifetime. Sorry for the unusually long post. Learning lots and want to share.