Debris in three Japanese prefectures hardest hit by last month’s disaster is estimated to reach some 24.9 million tons, the Environment Ministry said.
The figure is 1.7 times the level at the time of the 1995 quake that devastated the Kobe area in western Japan.
The figure in Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima prefectures does not include cars and sludge.
The cost of debris disposal is estimated to far exceed the 350 billion yen spent after the Kobe quake.
The ministry came up with the figure by estimating the amount of tsunami-driven houses with satellite images. – jiji press