TEPCO releases new photos of quake, tsunami and nuclear accident

September 12, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Previously unseen photos show tsunami swamping reactor buildings and wrecking equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, images which help explain the circumstances in which three reactors overheated and went into meltdown.

The photographs are among 600 released by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Sept. 11.

They date from between March 11, 2011, when the magnitude-9.0 quake and tsunami struck, and March 28.

TEPCO gathered the photos from its employees and staff of its contractors.

Asked why TEPCO withheld the images until now, Junichi Matsumoto, acting general director of the company’s Nuclear Power and Plant Siting Division, said the records had needed sorting.

“We were unsure exactly how many photos were left at the site and how many of those photos had not been disclosed before,” he said.

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
  • 1
submit to reddit
Fissures in a mound at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant immediately after the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake (Provided by TEPCO)

Fissures in a mound at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant immediately after the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake (Provided by TEPCO)

Toggle
  • Fissures in a mound at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant immediately after the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake (Provided by TEPCO)
  • The interior of the power source room at the No. 6 reactor building is flooded after tsunami inundated the Fukushima No. 1 plant. (Provided by TEPCO)
  • Workers pump water into the No. 4 reactor building after it was rocked by an explosion on March 15, 2011.  (Provided by TEPCO)

More AJW