20 Jun '11, 4am

TEPCO workers 'frantic' over vents: #fukushima

TEPCO workers 'frantic' over vents: #fukushima

Workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant tried frantically to open the vents of a reactor containment vessel to prevent an explosion in the hours after the March 11 tsunami, but high radiation levels and confusion in the central control room hampered their efforts, according to a report by the plant's operator. The report contains few entries about work done around the time Prime Minister Naoto Kan was inspecting the plant the next morning. Kan's visit took place at around the same time the government ordered the vents be opened to release highly radioactive steam that was building up inside the No. 1 reactor building. Tokyo Electric Power Co. released the report--compiled from workers' statements and company records--about the response to the crisis between March 11 and 15, on Saturday. According to the report, TEPCO asked the government about opening the vents ...

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