Katsurao Village contamination map

Katsurao Village: its whereabouts and evacuation/return policy history

In June 2016, the evacuation order applied to Katsurao village after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear accident was lifted for 80% of its territory. The northeast part of the village in the vicinity of Namie town is still classed as a  »difficult-to-return » zone, where the annual airborne radiation dose is over 20mSv. The lifting of the evacuation order of this area is not planned.


Katsurao Map with FDNPP
Katsurao in relation to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi NPP

In June 2018, approximately 300 people are living in the village, which is about 20% of the population before the accident. In April 2018, primary and junior high schools opened where 18 children are currently studying, whereas in 2010, before the accident, 112 children were attending schools.


The village is covered by hilly forests as you can see in the Google Earth below.


Google earth
Picture Google Earth

Katsurao village contamination map 葛尾村土壌汚染マップ

Since last year, Fukuichi (Fukushima Daiichi) Area Environmental Radiation Monitoring Project Team has been measuring contamination in Namie Town, Tomioka Town and in a part of Okuma Town (the-not-permitted-to-live zone). Compared to these areas, the radio-contamination of Katsurao village is relatively low. However, the soil contamination is still well above 185000Bq/m2, the value over which Chernobyl law grants the inhabitants the right to evacuate. Allowing, or more exactly forcing the population to live in such highly contaminated areas by cutting public aid and therefore depriving the financial means for evacuees to live outside of the contaminated area is a strong violation of human rights. (See the article in Beyond Nuclear International:  Fukushima mothers at UN tell their story).

Katsurao-ENG pub

チームは昨年から、浪江町・富岡町・大熊町の1部(居住制限区域)とモニタリングをおこなってきましたが、それと比較すると放射能汚染の程度は低いと感じられます。それでも、土壌汚染密度の平均は、チェルノブイリ法の「移住の権利」基準(185,000Bq/㎡)を大きく超えています。このような高度汚染地域の避難指示を解除し、公的支援を打ち切り、汚染地域の外で生活することが経済的に困難な状況を作り出すことで人々を帰還させるのは基本的人権の侵害に他なりません。(Beyond Nuclear Internationalの以下の記事をご参照ください。 Fukushima mothers at UN tell their story


Project team at work モニタリングチームの作業

As we can see in the pictures, the team members are elderly or relatively elderly, therefore less radio-sensitive than younger people. They have volunteered to enter in highly contaminated areas to do the measuring work since neither central nor local governments are willing to carry out such work. We thank them greatly for their help and devotion.


prep with maps 1
Preparing for the measurement expedition

in forest

Prélèvement 4 à côté de voiture

prélèvement 3

Katsurao measuring

The appearance of the temporary depositories of radioactive soil from the decontamination efforts is different. In Minamisoma or in Namie, they are surrounded by 2m high fences, whereas those of Katsurao village are covered by dark green sheeting without conspicuous fencing. As one of the monitoring team members says sarcastically,  »they melt perfectly in their natural environment. »


Namie deposit
Temporary depository in Namie
temporary deposit
In Katsurao, the temporary depository has become a part of the natural landscape

Text by Fukuichi Area Environmental Radiation Monitoring Project & Kurumi Sugita
テキスト: ふくいち周辺環境放射線モニタリング・プロジェクト&杉田くるみ

See also in this blog:
Contamination map of Minamisoma
Contamination map of Namie town
Contamination map of Tomioka town

Contamination map of Minamisoma
Contamination map of Namie town
Contamination map of Tomioka town

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