In-house videos of communications of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster released by TEPCO

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After nearly a year and a half after the March 11th disaster, TEPCO has finally started allowing media journalists to review in-house teleconference video footage of communications between March 11th, 2011 and March 15th, 2011, between utility executives and management personnel and government officials, but only on a limited basis.

The media was provided with a 90 minute video which was significantly edited, and only TEPCO executives can be identified.  The utility also released more footage separately, which the media are allowed to watch on personal computers at TEPCO’s head office, however only one third of the 150 hours of video include the audio tracks.

A video scene showing the Unit 3 control room at the time of the explosion on March 14, 2011

One notable scene shows the former head of the Fukushima Daiichi plant shouting, “We have a big problem, a big problem!” to superiors at TEPCO’s Tokyo headquarters after Reactor 3 exploded.  Yoshida is also shown complaining about the lack of communications after the onset of the disaster.

The video shows workers struggling as the plant lost all power sources, the heated exchanges after hydrogen explosions occurred at some reactor buildings, and also shows TEPCO officials expressing confusion as they communicated with top government members.

The videos illustrate the utility workers’ lack of experience or familiarity with emergency protocols, and reveal a stream of delays in response to confusion spread from technical suggestions which didn’t match actual plant conditions.

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan compared the importance of the video footage to that of the black box used in commercial aircraft, and demanded a full disclosure of the TEPCO teleconference video arguing that unconditional and full disclosure is absolutely necessary.  Mr. Kan claims that the utility is “trying to hide something inconvenient.”

A professor from a graduate university in Tokyo also criticized Tokyo Electric Power Company for deleting sections of the video, pointing out that people may suspect that the utility has something to hide.

Source: Nikkei 

Source: NHK

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