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More seawater damage on farmland found

Monday, April 25, 2011

Laaska News April 25,2011
More farmland in the city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan was found to have been damaged by seawater.

Most of the farmland along the sea coast in Sendai was submerged in seawater when the tsunami hit the area on March 11th.

About 78 percent of the 2,300 hectares of farmland cannot be planted this year because the salt level is too high.

The city and a local agricultural cooperative tested the salt level in the remaining 22 percent, about 500 hectares, to see if rice saplings could be planted this season.

They found that about 60 hectares of soil in which the damage was thought to be slight actually had too a high salt level to plant.

Seawater is believed to have come upstream along the irrigation canal into the farmland when the tsunami hit.

The agricultural cooperative plans to water the farmland to remove the salt before planting rice in late May, at the earliest.

The planting would be about one month later than usual and the impact of the natural disaster on farming in Japan continues to grow.

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Shinkansen connecting Tokyo with Sendai resumes.

The main railway line connecting Tokyo with Sendai, in northeastern Japan, resumed operation on Monday. Service between Fukushima and Sendai has started one and a half months after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

The quake-hit Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train had already resumed operation on of its two sections, between Tokyo and Fukushima, and between Ichinoseki and Shin-Aomori.

The railway line connecting Tokyo with Sendai will expand to 44 round trips per day as trains which were stuck at the depot near Sendai station have become available.

But due to that fact that, in some sections, trains must run at reduced speeds the fastest train will take a total of 2 hours and 7 minutes, which is 31 minutes longer than normal service before the disaster.

The company says remaining service between Sendai and Ichinoseki will resume on April 29th.

 

NHK.

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