Title: Video shows TEPCO’s hastiness in reporting cause of reactor explosion
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Author: NAOYA KON
Date: August 08, 2012
Video shows TEPCO’s hastiness in reporting cause of reactor explosion
Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced, without verifying the cause, that a “hydrogen explosion” had occurred in its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 14, 2011, simply parroting what the government had reported.
The hasty announcement by TEPCO, the operator of the Fukushima plant, came following an explosion in the plant’s No. 3 reactor building, which occurred at 11:01 a.m. on March 14.
The cause of the explosion in the No. 3 reactor building has yet to be determined.
This footage was not on the 1.5-hour version of the video TEPCO released to the media, but was among the more than 150 hours of footage the utility allowed journalists to view on weekdays through Sept. 7, on condition no video or audio recording be made of any segments. Here is Asahi’s summary transcript:
Akio Takahashi, a senior Tepco official: “In short, the only change we have made was replacing ‘No. 1 reactor’ with the ‘No. 3 reactor’?… We do not know whether it was a hydrogen explosion, but since the government–the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency–is saying it is a hydrogen explosion, we can just say so–a hydrogen explosion, can’t we?”
“On television a short while ago, NISA was saying it was a hydrogen explosion [...] I guess we’d better keep pace.”
Unidentified Person: “The prime minister’s office has also been using the term hydrogen explosion. Perhaps we should do the same.”
Tepco President Masataka Shimizu: “All right. I agree. This is fine.”
Two seconds of bleeped-out footage
Shimizu: “Speediness is the key.”
Tepco Spokesman at Press Conference: “It was a hydrogen explosion.”
Published: August 8th, 2012 at 1:00 pm ET