Title: PROMETHEUS TRAP/ ‘Shadow units’ (9): SDF members told to hold their ground
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIDEFUMI NOGAMI
Date: March 22, 2013
The explosion that went off in the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the morning of March 14, 2011, caused serious damage to the neighboring No. 2 reactor as well.
The electrical circuits were destroyed, making it impossible to let steam out of the reactor. [...]
[Motohisa Ikeda, senior vice minister at METI] convened an emergency meeting of top officials in the room. [...]
“The No. 2 reactor is in a dangerous situation,” [Akio Komori, Tepco managing director] said to Ikeda. “We are worried that the nuclear core may have started melting down” at the reactor. “The worst possible case could occur four hours from now,” he warned.
Komori’s dire warning prompted the attendees to consider moving the headquarters [...] They chose the Fukushima prefectural government’s building, 60 kilometers from the plant [...]
After the advance unit left the off-site center, it was found that many people other than the members of the unit had also gone. [...]
“We have not decided to abandon this place yet” [...]
See also: Gov't report suggests situation "far worse" than meltdown -- It "is the worst possibility in a nuclear accident"
Published: March 21st, 2013 at 9:06 pm ET