Reporters at damaged reactor plant told to stay in the bus, NY Times, Nov. 14, 2011:
The most striking feature at this crippled plant was not the blasted-out reactor buildings, or makeshift tsunami walls, but the chaotic mess. [...]
In a country as compulsively tidy as Japan, the fact the scene has changed so little was as telling a sign as any [...]
At the plant, journalists, outfitted in full contamination suits, were kept aboard the bus in recognition of the much higher radiation levels there.
Shells of nuclear reactor buildings seen at stricken Japan plant, CNN, Nov. 13, 2011:
Crumpled trucks and cars, twisted metal, a gutted office building and a huge dented storage tank were visible at the base of the reactor buildings, where radiation readings stood at 1,000 microsieverts (or 1 millisievert) per hour.
The twilight zone, The Economist, Nov. 5, 2011:
On November 1st the government also said that it intended to invite journalists to Dai-ichi for the first time—though it muddied the message by discouraging women (for health reasons, it said, and because there are no women’s loos at the plant).
Published: November 14th, 2011 at 7:19 am ET
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