Kawauchi, Fukushima

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Location of Kawauchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Kawauchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Kawauchi is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 37°20′15″N 140°48′34″E / 37.33750°N 140.80944°E / 37.33750; 140.80944Coordinates: 37°20′15″N 140°48′34″E / 37.33750°N 140.80944°E / 37.33750; 140.80944
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
District Futaba
 • Total 197.38 km2 (76.21 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 3,203
 • Density 16/km2 (42/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Village of Kawauchi

Kawauchi (川内村 Kawauchi-mura?) is a village located in Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the village has an estimated population of 3,203 and a density of 16.23 persons per km². The total area is 197.38 km².

North of Kawauchi, there is at 37°22′53″N 140°48′16″E / 37.38139°N 140.80444°E / 37.38139; 140.80444 (Kawauchi Substation) a substation of Kita–Iwaki powerline, a 500 kV-line already designed for future 1100 kV operation.

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent nuclear accidents[edit]

On Friday, March 11 of 2011, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami occurred off the coast of Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures. Kawauchi was greatly affected, with many buildings sustaining moderate damage to their exteriors and great disorder and chaos inside their interiors. Though Kawauchi was safe from the tsunami that occurred shortly after, the village had to be evacuated after it was determined that the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was facing a meltdown crisis.

On 1 April 2012 the evacuation orders for the villages Kawauchi and Tamura were lifted.[1]


  1. ^ NHK-World (16 April 2012) Govt. lifts evacuation order for Minamisoma City

External links[edit]

Media related to Kawauchi, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons