Report: Fukushima plant chief kept his cool in crisis, AJW by The Asahi Shimbun, December 29, 2011:
[...] On the evening of March 14, the cooling mechanism for the No. 2 reactor also began experiencing problems.
“Left unattended, melting of the core will proceed and the situation could lead to a so-called China syndrome,” Yoshida said.
He decided to have workers evacuate from the plant while leaving behind only those absolutely necessary. To prevent panic, Yoshida gave instructions to a limited number of individuals to arrange for buses to take the workers away.
On the morning of March 15, an explosion occurred at the No. 4 reactor. When Yoshida heard a report about an impact sound from the No. 2 reactor, he instructed the workers to evacuate. [...]
Published: December 29th, 2011 at 12:00 am ET
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