Tuesday, March 15, 2011

#Fukushima I Nuclear Plant: Fire on Reactor No.4 on March 15 Was Not Even Reported

From Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese; 3/16/2011):

TEPCO didn't even notify the local fire department when the fire first broke out on March 15. The TEPCO employee who noticed the fire telephoned the fire department twice, but he abandoned the effort after the line was not connected and never bothered again.

As to the 2nd fire in the morning of March 16, TEPCO admitted in the press conference that they hadn't confirmed whether the fire on March 15 was completely extinguished. TEPCO had announced that the fire on March 15 died down naturally, based on the visual inspection from a distance.

TEPCO explained that the workers couldn't not go anywhere near the reactor because of high radiation.


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