Title: Futaba-machi Mayor on March 12, 2011 Explosion of Reactor 1: “Insulation Materials Falling Like Large Snowflakes. I Knew We Were Finished”
Date: Feb 11, 2012
[...] On March 12 [...] the first hydrogen explosion took place. There was a dull “thud”.
“Oh no, it finally happened,” the mayor thought. After a few minutes, small debris that looked like glass fiber insulation materials came falling down from the sky like large snowflakes. “Big ones were this big”, the mayor puts his thumb and index finger together to form a circle.
Futaba Kosei Hospital is only 2 kilometers away from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. About 300 people, including municipal workers, doctors and nurses, watched the flakes of insulation materials fall like snow, stunned. The mayor thought, “We’re finished.”
The mayor looks back and says, “That was a very, very strange sight. It was like a movie”. Not knowing what to do, he just dusted off his clothes with his hand. [...]
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Published: February 12th, 2012 at 1:07 pm ET