Japan Radiation is the result of blowup of Fukushima nuclear reactors.
Information you need to avoid for radioactive cars from Japan.
The Japan radiation, following the earthquake/tsunami disaster in March 11, 2011, created numerous secondary problems one of which is radioactive cars. The March calamity triggered meltdowns at three reactors located at the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant complex.
The subsequent explosions at the reactors rained radioactive dust and material in the area, which included thousands of vehicles. These cars are now entering the resale market in Japan.
Decontaminating these vehicles can be expensive, involving many hours of labor and replacement of parts. Replacing contaminated parts on a banger wouldn’t make sense, but radioactive parts would need to be properly disposed of, which is another expense.
My advice is to avoid vehicles registered in the Fukushima Prefecture, but remember that these vehicles can be “cleaned” by registering them in a different prefecture.
A news story in Australia told of a buyer who purchased a used vehicle at a Japanese wholesale auction. The newspaper called the van “dangerously radioactive.” The dealer who bought the vehicle measured the radiation at 110 microsieverts an hour.
Faced with that problem, the dealer decontaminated the van. He replaced filters, tires and the wipers, but it still emitted 30 microsieverts an hour. He finally resold the vehicle in the Japanese market.
Japan radiation causes many thousands of “hot” radioactive vehicles in its hands, and owners are dumping them into the resale market.
The owners of these radioactive cars have already tried to export them to other countries. The radiation limit to export these cars is 0.3 microsieverts.
In another disturbing bit of Japan radiation news, these contaminated cars from Fukushima and Iwaki are being registered in other areas of the Kanto region. That re-registration washes away the taint of radioactivity, and they’re auctioned off as “clean” vehicles.
An investigative team from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper traced a contaminated vehicle that was parked in a lot in Fukushima, about 25 miles from the nuclear accident. The vehicle sat in the lot for 26 hours before it was moved. The team calculated that the vehicle absorbed enough radiation to place it far above the permissible limit of 20 millisieverts per year.
The owner sold the car, and nobody knows where it is now. It’s been swallowed into the auto auction market.
Scrapyard owners need to be aware that illicit goods and contraband move easily throughout world markets. These radioactive vehicles may be on a ship today.