35% of tsunami debris disposed of


A total of 9.43 million tons of tsunami debris generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake had been disposed of in coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures as of the end of January, the Environment Ministry reported.

The figure represents 35 percent of the estimated total amount of tsunami debris requiring disposal in the three prefectures worst hit by the March 2011 natural disasters, the ministry said Friday.

In Iwate and Miyagi, some 8.91 million tons of debris had been incinerated or buried, equivalent to 38 percent of the total amount in the two prefectures.

However, disposal has been delayed in Fukushima due to the nuclear disaster. Only 520,000 tons of debris, or 17 percent of the total, had been disposed of by the end of last month, the ministry said.