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REWAS 2013 pp 13-19 | Cite as

The Revival of Onahama Smelter & Refinery from the Disaster by the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • Naoki Horihata
  • Shoji Kawashima
  • Tetsuro Sakai

Abstract

The earthquake with seismic intensity six trembled Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on March 11 2011 and a subsequent tsunami attacked the coast on which Onahama Smelter & Refinery was located. The earthquake damaged many facilities and liquefied the ground. The tsunami flooded one third of the plant area. Furthermore, the repair work had to be suspended by the accident happened at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The repair work was restarted in April and progressed smoothly. The operation was restarted on June 30 and the revival of Onahama Smelter & Refinery from the disaster by the Great East Japan Earthquake was completed. Radioactivity measurements have been programmed in detail and applied all over the materials covering from raw materials to products in order to supply safe and relief products to customers. The radioactive contamination to the products has not been detected at all.

Keyword

Great East Japan Earthquake Copper Smelter & Refinery Recycling 

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© TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Naoki Horihata
    • 1
  • Shoji Kawashima
    • 1
  • Tetsuro Sakai
    • 1
  1. 1.Onahama Smelter & Refining Co., LTDOnahama Smelter & RefineryIwaki-City FukushimaJapan

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