NE Japan Earthquake Day 30: Minami Soma Mayor’s YouTube SOS Echoes Around the World; Tokyo Power Releases Picture of the “Heroes of Fukushima”

Minami Soma Mayor’s YouTube SOS Echoes Around the World
Yomiuri Shimbun: 南相馬市長がユーチューブでSOS、世界で反響
Yuji Yoshigata reporting from New York April 9, 2011

Katsunobu Sakurai, the Mayor of Minami Soma, took to YouTube to request assistance for his citizens, who are suffering from their proximity to the Fukushima I Reactor crisis. His call for help is receiving answers from America and throughout the world.

His video is titled “SOS from Mayor of Minami Soma City, next to the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan”. It was uploaded on March 24 and has English subtitles. He says that “since the measures to remain indoors has been taken, all the stores and supermarkets are shut down, the banks are closed, the people are literally drying up as if they are under starvation tactics.”

As of April 7, it had been viewed over 250,000 times [314K as of April 9]; there are additional versions with Chinese, Korean and other subtitles. The New York Times reported on the video on the 7th. City hall officials are now receiving calls from several foreigners offering to help.

Tokyo Power Releases Picture of the “Heroes of Fukushima”
Yomiuri Shimbun: 東電、福島第一原発「勇者たち」の写真公開
April 9, 2011

Fukushima I Disaster Response HQ Joint Staff Meeting
A joint meeting between the staff of Tokyo Power and cooperating companies at the Disaster Response Headquarters of the Fukushima I Nuclear Reactor. (Photo provided by Tokyo Power.)

Tokyo Power has released a photo of a staff meeting at the “Crucial Base Isolation Column” of the Disaster Response Headquarters at the Fukushima I Nuclear Reactor.

Workers have gathered here at danger’s doorstep in the hopes that their efforts can remedy the situation, if only just a day sooner.

According to Tokyo Power, there are 300-700 workers on site per day. Besides its own staff, engineers from every other company in the industry, for example Toshiba and Hitachi, are taking part. Inside body suits and masks which offer total protection, they are removing tiles, installing electric cables, and checking the capabilities of surviving equipment.

There are high levels of radiation around the reactor, and one worker in his 40s with a great amount of experience there said, “I’d never been exposed to radiation for even a short time before, and the protective clothing is so tight, it’s hard to move…the more exhausted I become, the harder it is to keep my chin up. We don’t even joke or talk with each other anymore.”





(2011年4月9日07時06分 読売新聞)






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