- Photos show tsunami slamming into nuke plant (MAY 20)
Photos show tsunami slamming into nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of troubled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, on May 19 released a total of 17 photographs taken by plant workers in the midst of the tsunami triggered by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake.
Some photographs were taken from the fourth floor of the nuclear waste disposal facility, located in the southern corner of the plant's premises, from around 3:40 p.m. on March 11, with the camera pointed north toward the direction of the No. 4 reactor's turbine building.
By 3:42 p.m., the tsunami reached the nuclear power station standing 10 meters above sea level. By 3:43 p.m., muddy waters engulfed 5.5 meter-tall heavy oil tanks along with automobiles parked nearby.
"We found the photos just recently as we collected and organized information about damage," said a TEPCO official in explaining why it took over two months for the utility to release the photographs to the public.
May 20, 2011
The Mainichi Daily News: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/photospecials/graph/plant/