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.”

Original/原稿:

南相馬市長がユーチューブでSOS、世界で反響

 【ニューヨーク=吉形祐司】福島第一原発事故で、住民が不自由な生活を強いられている福島県南相馬市の桜井勝延市長がインターネットの動画投稿サイト「ユーチューブ」で行った支援の呼びかけが、米国など世界で大きな反響を呼んでいる。

 動画は「南相馬市長からのSOS」の表題。3月24日作成の表示があり、英語の字幕がついている。その中で桜井市長は食料やガソリン不足で住民が「兵糧攻め」に遭っているなどと訴えた。

 ビデオは4月7日現在、25万回以上視聴され、日本語や英語のほか、中国語、ハングルでの書き込みがある。7日付米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズも動画を記事で取り上げた。市役所には多数の外国人から、援助申し出の電話が今も入っているという。
(2011年4月9日07時06分 読売新聞)

東電、福島第一原発「勇者たち」の写真公開

福島第一原子力発電所の災害対策本部で、作業などについて話し合う東電・協力企業社員ら(東京電力提供)

 東京電力は、福島第一原子力発電所の「免震重要棟」にある災害対策本部で作業員らが打ち合わせに臨む様子を、写真で公開した。

 原子炉の状態を一刻も早く改善させるため、この建物を拠点に、危険と隣り合わせの作業が続いている。

 東電によると、作業員は1日当たり300~700人。同社社員のほか、原子炉メーカーの東芝や日立製作所、その協力会社などあらゆる関連企業の技術者が参加している。防護服と顔全体を覆うマスクで完全防護し、がれき撤去、電源ケーブルの敷設、機器の性能チェックを行っている。

 原子炉建屋周辺では放射線量が高く、原発の作業経験が豊富な40歳代の男性作業員は「わずかな時間でも過去に経験したことのない被曝を受けるし、窮屈な防護服は動きづらい。疲労がたまり先行きがなかなか見通せない。同僚の間には笑顔も会話もない」という。
(2011年4月9日11時25分 読売新聞)

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