Beach in Fukushima opens for first time since nuclear disaster
Authorities in the town of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Monday opened a beach to the public for the first time since the nuclear disaster last year. Monday is Marine Day in Japan, a national holiday.
TV media showed town officials opening the beach at Nakoso, TBS reported. Hula girls and beach volleyball players were on hand to get the festivities under way.
The beach is located about 70 kilometers south of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It is the only beach in the prefecture that has been declared safe to swim at by prefectural authorities.
Officials said they will measure the seawater and sand twice a day for radioactive cesium. Currently, the seawater is measuring below 1 becquerel per liter and the air above the sand around 0.07 microsieverts per hour, TBS reported.
Around 1,000 people visited the beach on Monday, officials said.