2.44 Mil. Tons of Waste Seen Generated from Noto Quake

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Heaped earthquake debris is seen at a temporary collection site in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Sunday.

KANAZAWA (Jiji Press) — Waste from the Noto Peninsula Earthquake on Jan. 1 is estimated to reach 2.44 million tons in Ishikawa Prefecture, the prefectural government said Tuesday.

The volume of disaster waste, including waste from the demolition of buildings, is equivalent to that of ordinary waste generated in the prefecture over seven years.

Ishikawa hopes to transport the waste out of the prefecture, including on ships, and process it by the end of March 2026.

The estimate is close to the 3.11 million tons of waste that was produced by the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake in southwestern Japan.