Radiation-tainted stones used in paths near housing in Fukushima town


  • Radiation-tainted stones used in paths near housing in Fukushima town

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Radiation-contaminated gravel and stones shipped from a quarry in the evacuation zone near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been used in roads and pathways around houses in a town in Fukushima Prefecture, sources with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.

    The gravel was used for approach lanes to two houses in the town of Kawamata in the prefecture, and asphalt-paved roads owned by the Kawamata municipal government, the sources said.

    The gravel using stones in neighboring Namie had been shipped from a quarry company sometime between the occurrence of the nuclear plant crisis, triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the governmental designation of the evacuation zone on April 22, they said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp