Like a Pyramid: Mountain of debris 20 meters tall in Miyagi — Hot white vapor rising up from trash — 100km north of Fukushima (PHOTO)

Published: March 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 am ET


Title: ONE YEAR AFTER THE DISASTER / Quake-hit areas still struggling with debris
Source: Yomiuri
Date: Mar 3, 2012

SOURCE: Yomiuri

At a temporary storage site in the Kawaguchicho district of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture [110km north of Fukushima meltdowns], a mountain of debris stands like a pyramid. In about one year, it has reached four layers and 20 meters high.

To remove methane gas from inside the debris mountain, an excavator recently dug holes and inserted pipes into the mountain. Hot white vapor rose up from the trash. […]

Read the report here

Published: March 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 am ET


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41 comments to Like a Pyramid: Mountain of debris 20 meters tall in Miyagi — Hot white vapor rising up from trash — 100km north of Fukushima (PHOTO)

  • truthseek truthseek

    Unending… Bad begets bad…

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      The headlines are indeed bad, but I was encouraged reading about the citizens' behavior – they have figured things out, it seems.

      "Some of the 200 participants at the meeting howled at the Kanagawa governor when he explained how the incinerated ashes of debris would be stored."

      Lots of meat in the article, I thought.

      • truthseek truthseek

        Indeed, the human spirit to rise above and, "get er' done" is fabulous… and even more so to stand against aspects which do not stand in agreement with their ideas and will. Empowered people which are not passive, an uncommon trait in general society.

  • StillJill StillJill

    I think 'we' need some Kenny Rogers right about now,…'cause Japan,…You gotta know when to 'hold 'em, when to 'fold- em,…and when to 'walk away',….and when to R U N!


    Stick a fork in it,…..where can you go?

    Go there now!

  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    im there, and its contaminated over here 2

  • truthseek truthseek

    EPIC DISASTER, and most, [not us here] simply do not want to be bothered, consider or talk much on this… many flat out are not taking this seriously. I post up a storm on Facebook about this documented (by many here) unfolding peril and so people seem to turn away. Almost to say, feel that we are too consumed by the scope of this and our efforts to communicate sensibly – clearly – in reasoned ways with those around us, our loved ones.

    The mess simply bull-dozed into organized piles, churned endlessly into the atmosphere and slopped into the water table and oceans… Is the only pathetic way they have managed to approach / simply cope with this horrific mess… It must .not really matter., as the situation is so very bad. And they know it.

    We are indeed just in calling any nuclear venture – dirty – dirty business… A complete farce on every front.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Hot white vapor rising up from radioactive trash blowing in the jet-stream, coming soon to your Country.
    Sounds like a horror flick.

  • Kevin Kevin

    "we hate to worry you but ask for your cooperation"


    This guy must be taking lessons from these guys.

  • dodge

    If you should come upon a kilogram of this radioactive stuff, it shouldn't hurt to much. What should concern is that there are many kilo's in a 60 foot pile, compressed, and bulldozed together. I couldn't begin to guess the weight, but it stagers the imagination to realize how much radiation is constantly escaping into the air surrounding this operation. Once in the air, it gets better, for it does dilute, more serious is the building concentrations in the water supply.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      There are clues about the weight. From the article: "The disaster created 22.53 million tons of debris in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, but only 5.6 percent has so far been disposed of permanently.

      The prefectural governments of Iwate and Miyagi are asking other prefectures across the nation to accept about 4 million tons of debris."

      "Ishinomaki's central area was almost submerged by tsunami, and the amount of debris there reached 6.16 million tons. That was nearly 30 percent of the total amount in the three prefectures hit hardest by the disaster, and equal to the city's normal trash production for 106 years."

  • jackassrig

    I think it must be a inherent to the human to push everything into a pile. Garbage is in a pile, outhouses pile it up, and garbage bags pile up in the street. Get those guys in a D9 Cat and they will "cut to the stake."

    • CaptD CaptD

      "Cutting to the stake" is great as long as you have some other place to move it too! Japan is trying to spread it all over so they can then claim it is just more low level radiation background, so it is no longer any big deal

      The real problem is doing the job of spreading it everywhere,
      while folks with their own G-Meters are watching!

      Pretty hard to bury a big pile of bones you dig up when an Inspector is watching!

  • This could led to spontaneous combustion and that could ignite the gas from that pile and others … another ticking time bomb … we may hear more from this !

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      From a bureaucrat's point of view, that would be "problem solved".

      Chilling thought.

    • CaptD CaptD

      The bigger question is do those in charge really even care, or are they just bumbling from one problem to another with any real PLAN that will solve this disaster long term?

      I do not think they really have a clue or what besides TIME will be required!

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    If the pile has enough organic junk in it it will start to decay and it can get very hot inside. It will produce steam and in cold temps you will be able to see it. I have a large compost pile in my back yard and it does the same thing all winter long. Not trying to say something bad ISN'T coming from the pile, just saying it could have some pretty harmless components to it. You can actualy buy systems that will capture both the heat and methane produced for use in your home as hot water generator and natural gas for cooking and heating. There is a French company that makes them.

  • StillJill StillJill

    StPaulScout,…is your pile radioactive debris?

    I think the comparison is DANGEROUS and misleading!

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Organics get hot and steam as they rot and decay
      Have you tried praying
      Is your god not powerfully enough to fix this shit

      • StillJill StillJill

        I don't have a God with a "little g",…you do.

        • Spectrometising

          The mechanism you speak of StPaulScout is one i have experienced in exactly the same way. I would look at the stars on a cold night after digging out a nice seat in some green woodchips that were quite hot in the middle of the pile as you say.

          What is most alarming to me about this is not the decay heat, methane and so on.

          What is most alarming is that they have placed this toxic pile right against the water, possibly the sea or a river. The toxins will continue to leach out without being filtered like a sieve.

        • StPaulScout StPaulScout

          I think your shrill responce to everything posted here is funny. Do you actualy think that if multiple reactor have melted out and or blown up and that multiple SFP's have burned that any of us are safe in assuming we have a log-term future on this planet? You must be in denial. The Fukushima site continues to spew radiation, every day, hour and minute. Get a grip. Enough with the "OH MY GOD" reactions, your god doesn't give a shit, and neither do I. If this is our fate, so be it. Not many species survive for millions of years, why should homo sapiens be any different? I'm sure we both feel the same way we just see it from different points of view.

          • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

            I see NO shrill response from Jill. She just questioned whether a 20 meter tall mountain of radioactive debris was analogous to your compost pile…..a perfectly valid question. You then attacked her belief system unnecessarily in my opinion, and exclaimed that her "God doesn't give a shit, and neither do I".
            She does give a shit by welcoming everyone to enenews and caring about their welfare and the welfare of humanity as a whole.
            The last sentence of your post states: "I'm sure we both feel the same way we just see it from different points of view." Maybe, maybe not, but her point of view provides comfort to herself and others. I don't see that kind of empathy in your post. Just a personal observation.

            • StPaulScout StPaulScout

              "Not trying to say something bad ISN'T coming from the pile, just saying it could have some pretty harmless components to it. "

              What part of this do you two not understand? I can try and explain it to you if need be.

              • StPaulScout StPaulScout

                You know, all I said was that because of the organic material breaking down heat and steam are created and released. Is PoorDaddy and ShillJill unable to comprehend basic Minnesota english?


          • CB CB

            How do you interpret Spectros comments and add words to his own to come up with your own outcome?

  • hbjon hbjon

    Where there is smoke, there's fire. What have they done with all the car air filters? Knowing how contaminated the debris was, one would think they piled it in layers and added plenty of boron and sand. Something to think about when they make a pile from the crap washing ashore here.

  • CaptD CaptD

    Recycling of debris will be a growth business for many years to come!

    If you love visiting the beaches on the West Coast of America, now is the time before the floating debris (which is about the size of California) arrives…

    Many claim that there will be no radioactive debris but I'm very doubtful!

  • SnorkY2K

    Why aren't the piles smaller and placed into the areas that need to be abandoned for 19,500 years?

  • sonnen.blum.239 sonnen.blum.239

    well the article does not say that the debris is radioactive. But likely it is, and likely it is churning up and diluting into the atmosphere spreading across the northern hemisphere. Could it be that it is harmless organic and industrial waste that is not radioactive. Could it be simply methane, as safe as that is for the ozone layer for example. Could it be that the D( Cat operators actually did layer it in sand and boron? COuld it be that none of the pictures are real and the smoke stream off gassing is solely the moisure on the camera lens? Point is, the whole situation is sad and this is a small piece of the whole, and half way round the world, I would not even speculate on the photograph. I have my doubts for sure. Let's be civil to one another; it may be all we have left.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      From the article: "The radiation level of the debris is less than 100 becquerels per kilogram".

      • ENENews

        From the article: That is in Iwate, not Miyagi. Likely higher in Miyagi as it borders Fukushima. Prefecture border is about 40km from Fukushima meltdowns. No figure for Miyagi debris was discussed in report.

  • openeye openeye


    I posted a reply to a post you directed to me but you are not seeing it; it asks you some vital questions about the agendas you mentioned regarding alternative news posters. Please look for it in the comments at the Japan fears US & Russia occupation article. It is also at the off topic forum–March 2.

    Thanks to you I have researched the role of the Japanese mafia in the nation's nuclear industry. I had known about Yazuka but had not connected the dots. Some of the workers at this smoking debris pyramid undoubtedly owe their jobs to Yazuka.

    So many thanks, enenews for letting me try to teach Kevin here, and I did make my post on topic with that last comment!