Heroes of the Meltdown – The Border Mail

Forty-one minutes after the earthquake’s opening shudder, the first tsunami crashed over the front line of defence at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant: a 2.5-kilometre breakwater of 60,000 concrete blocks. Eight minutes later, an even larger wave surged over the second and last line of protection: the compound’s 5.7-metre seawall. Tokyo Electric Power Company‘s (TEPCO) earthquake-proof bunker was just 400 metres from the seawall, but it sat on a raised area 35 metres above sea level. Inside it, on the monitor, the company’s employees watched a fast-moving wave the colour of oil roiling across the Sendai Plain, further north up the coast. It was pushing fishing boats inland, exploding plastic greenhouses and picking up parked trucks. In the images taken from a news helicopter on March 11, Takashi Sato, the reactor inspector at Fukushima Dai-ichi, could see the black wave tearing apart homes. (more at….The Border Mail)

Courtesy: http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1589807/heroes-of-the-meltdown/?cs=5

 

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