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Condominium Has Radioactive Foundation

The fallout (ah, hum) from the crippling of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant continues in interesting ways. The foundation of a newly constructed 12 unit condominium in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, was completed using rock from a quarry that was placed under the expanded evacuation zone, April 22. The rock has turned out to be radioactive and the entire foundation is now contaminated and leaking into the first two floors.

The kicker – most of the residents there are displaced peoples from the evacuation zone. They don’t seem to be able to get a break.

I guess the next time I hear about a broken pipe or badly installed roofing I should be a little thankful that the in-floor heating is water piping – and not a nice little radioactive pile.