Fukushima disaster-response video now online

October 06, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Video of how Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant staff responded to the unfolding disaster is now available for public viewing after the operator posted selected footage on its website.

The six hours of video shows teleconference conversations between staff at the site and their supervisors at Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters, and gives a first-hand account of the problems and delays they encountered as three reactors overheated and fuel inside melted.

The footage, posted Oct. 5, represents selections from the 150 hours of video that the company released to media organizations in August this year. The recordings were made between the afternoon of March 11, 2011, and the morning of March 16.

The sequences on the company website include the voices of TEPCO employees. Some of the images and voices have been altered to protect the privacy of ordinary staff, although not of executives.

Meanwhile, TEPCO is planning to release to the media for the first time video from a later period, leading up to April 11, 2011.

But The Asahi Shimbun is demanding that TEPCO do more than that and release all video footage related to the accident.

The address of the video’s website is http://photo.tepco.co.jp/en/date/2012/201210-e/121005-01e.html.

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