Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japan’s Environment Ministry said that more than 80% of the rubble from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has been removed in Miyagi and Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures.
Excluding debris from dismantled houses, the rate of rubble removal stood at 87% for Iwate, 94% for Miyagi and 43% for Fukushima, where efforts are being delayed by radiation leaks from a nuclear power plant.
Ishinomaki was buried under roughly 6.16 million tons of rubble, the most among the stricken localities. But the Miyagi Prefecture city is now entirely clear of debris, including major highways and residential roads, the ministry said. By now, 13 of 27 affected municipalities in Iwate and Miyagi are rubble-free.
The total quantity of the disaster waste is estimated to amount 25 million tons.