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Sunday, 6 January 2013

30 year wait to return home... based on a half life

January 05, 2013
Katsutaka Idogawa, mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, talks to reporters at the town's temporary office in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, on Dec. 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
In one of the first estimates of when Fukushima evacuees may return to their homes, the mayor of one nearby town is telling former residents that it could be 30 years away.
Katsutaka Idogawa, mayor of Futaba, a town close to the crisis-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, unveiled the provisional estimate during an address to his staff on Jan. 4.

He said 30 years is a realistic goal because that is roughly the half-life of radioactive cesium-137.

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