Less than 8% of debris generated from 3 hardest hit prefectures after March 11th disaster removed from temporary storage sites

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The March 11th earthquake moved some portions of northeastern Japan nearly 8 feet closer to North America, and stretched the island nation’s landmass wider than it had been before.

Approximately 29,000 fishing boats swept away or damaged beyond repair in last year’s tsunami, most of them were between six and nine meters long.

In total over 22.46 million tons of debris was generated from the March 11th disaster, it currently rests in temporary storage sites, sorted by materials or type.  Recycling companies and local prefectural governments are able to use the debris for land reclamation projects.

Over 1.81 million tons of debris has been collected from three Japanese prefectures which were most affected by the earthquake, only 140,000 tons, or 7.7 percent, have been recycled by private companies, according to Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry data.

The World Bank’s estimated the economic cost of the disaster was US$235 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster in world history.

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  1. Japan’s burning of this radioactive waste will continue to pollute the entire Earth…

    I expect to see more Anti-Japanese demonstrations Globally as people everywhere learn that they are getting the Radioactive Fallout from Japan, thanks to the Jet Stream and Ocean Currents…

    The Nuclear Fascists* are also trying their best to make sure that MSM does not mention this because it will end their strangle hold on those they sell sell Energy too.

    *Nuclear Fascism
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nuclear+fascism

  2. I challenge the statement:
    The World Bank’s estimated the economic cost of the disaster was US$235 billion” I think it will be at least triple that and probably much more as the global devastation takes it’s toll!

    I believe that if the Japanese really knew the true cost of Fukushima, they would demand CHANGE and that is something that some of those in Government and the entire Nuclear Industry want to avoid at all cost!

    What will determine the exact total cost of this “Trillion Dollar” Eco-Disast­er?

    Please feel free to add your comments and or estimates to this list:

     Decommissi­oning costs
     Loss due to radioactiv­e decontamin­ation caused by this Disaster.
     Loss of revenues by Tepco
     Loss to TEPCO’s share holders caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese personal income caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japanese businesses caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of all Japanese health costs related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to unusable Japanese Land related to radioactiv­ity
     Loss due to Japanese housing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of Japanese Property Values caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of fishing grounds caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss of manufactur­ing caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the value of the Yen caused by radioactiv­ity
     Loss to other Utilities caused by Fukushima’­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to Japans credit rating caused by Fukushima’­s radioactiv­ity
     Loss to the Japanese peoples Lives because of radiation

  3. CaptD: ADD these to the list.
    The cost to remove the fuel is over $250 Billion.
    There will be over 1,000,000 more cases of cancer. (Like Chernobyl there will be many too weak to work.) $? Dollars
    There will be over 1,000,000 more cases of cancer.(Medical costs) $? Dollars.
    There will be many early deaths which they will not be able to pay for because of living on welfare with no savings to pay for funerals ( I would hope the governments would pay for those) $? Dollars.($10,000.00 per Person)
    Early decommissioning of the plant $1 Billion.
    There island water tables are getting contaminated so they may need to import from many miles. $? Dollars.
    The radiated particles will move and gather in areas for many years to be searched for and clean up these contaminated areas. $? Dollars.
    There is a huge cost to rebuild the 6 plants with nuclear or other energies. (Use half because it will be a new plant) ? = $12 Billion Dollars/2 = $6 Billion.
    The lost usable timber from the forest that is now to radioactive. $? Dollars.
    The loss of fisheries industries. $? Dollars.
    The loss agriculture industry for now and many years to come. $? Dollars.
    Several large companies have or are moving their plants to new location. $? Dollars.
    Japan government is moving out of Tokyo. $? Dollars
    Lost tourism in Japan. $? Dollars.
    Lost value in homes and business in many areas, even all of Tokyo. $? Billions

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