Friday, March 2, 2012

Suicide squads, blind panic and secret plans to evacuate Tokyo: The behind-the-scenes story of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Chilling new details have emerged revealing the shocking scale of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the incredible bravery of the technicians, firemen and soldiers who risked their lives to avert a total meltdown.

For his new documentary - Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown - American reporter Dan Edge talked to many of the workers who stayed behind at the stricken plant after the tsunami hit and find how the crisis unfolded.

While the outside world was being briefed on the dangers of radiation being released into the atmosphere, the technicians were battling to prevent something far more serious - a reactor exploding and scattering nuclear fuel over the surrounding area.

As the Japanese Government played down the seriousness of crisis they were secretly drawing up plans to evacuate everyone within 125 to 190 miles of the plant, which includes the capital Tokyo.

At one point plant manager Masao Yoshida told Japan's then Prime Minister Naoto Kan that if need be he would send a suicide squad into the reactor room to try to fix the problem. Read More

Watch Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.