Atmospheric radiation level of 2.33micro-seivert/hour recorded at the adjacent kitchen garden.
October 3rd traveled to Iitate Village to collect hygrothermal data from
a straw bale wall built in February, 2010. Initially, only the base
coat was plastered. The brown and finish coats were schedule to be done
this year. But those plans ended with the March 11th 2011 Tohoku
earthquake and subsequent radioactive pollution. It was recommended that
the entire community relocate.
On March 11th, Iitate Village experienced a weak 6 on the Japanese 7-level seismic scale. Near the straw bale building, the earthen oven I helped build last year was thrown off its concrete stand, the anchor bolts of the roof structure over the oven were bent, and there were cracks in the concrete pavement around the building. But there wasn't even a crack in the straw bale wall. Although the success of the straw bale wall can be credited to the building's timber frame, it provides an example illustrating the earthquake resistance of this form of timber frame-straw bale building.