Three years and nine months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor explosions, finally our house, about 65 km away from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma-machi, was decontaminated. It took a whole week to clean our piece of land and house.

First of all, the workers put up scaffolding and washed the walls of the house and the roof gutters. Next, they dug out garden soil to lower the sievert number [units of ionizing radiation] to Fukushima City’s requirements. Soil was dug about 30 cm deep. And they cleaned the whole garden like gardeners, and changed the pebbles around our gate.

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