Iwaki city to open another beach to bathers this summer

25 May 2017

The Iwaki city office decided on May 24 to open the Usuiso beach to bathers this summer for the first time since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant. The Fukushima Prefecture city will also do so for two other beaches -- Yotsukura and Nakoso -- which were opened for last year’s bathing season, bringing to three the number of beaches available for swimming in the municipality this year.

The decision was made at a meeting of officials in charge of bathing safety. The three beaches are to be open for 32 days from July 15 to Aug. 15. Their daily hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening ceremony is scheduled for July 15, with the Usuiso beach as the main venue.

Advance monitoring of radiation levels undertaken by the city on the three beaches found midair doses ranging from 0.03 to 0.05 microsievert per hour, a level posing no health hazard. Tests on seawater samples detected no radioactive substances.

The city will keep six other beaches closed as last year due to such factors as work still underway to restore shores damaged by tsunami stemming from the earthquake that triggered the nuclear disaster. The beaches are Hattachi in the Hisanohama district, Shinmaiko Beach, Toyoma, Kattsuo, Nagasaki and Obama.

(Translated by Kyodo News)