I could help but laugh at these reports of fires “spontaneously” breaking out in the disaster rubble piles. Throughout Japan, the favorite hobby of retirees is burning trash. Old farts love nothing better than to burn their trash and poke at smoldering piles of toxic plastic and whatnot for hours.
Fires spontaneously combusting in disaster rubble piles
Majirox News | 09/18/2011 | TOKYO – Firefighters across the Tohoku Region have reported numerous outbreaks of blazes from piles of rubble accumulated from the wreckage left by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region.
Experts have urged authorities to categorize rubble and pile it separately to avoid it bursting into flames…more…
Huge heaps of disaster rubble would be impossibly tempting to old Japanese guys without their gardens, workshops and fields to futz over (the majority of “farming” in Japan is so small scale that it only can be considered daycare for the elderly).
JapanFocus.org–Indiscriminate burning of radioactive debris
The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 31 No 3, August 1, 2011.