A Japanese Nuclear Power Plant Worker's Blog
I will also take this time to say: While I do not block, if you are disrespectful on this particular posting, I will put a temporary block on you. This is a crisis that deserves respect, not rabid frothing at the mouth. Keep it civil, folks.
This is a public diary on a Mixi account (it's basically the Japanese Facebook) belonging to a 22-year old woman from Fukushima prefecture. Originally written on the 15th.
"This morning I was forced to evacuate from the power plant and now I'm with my family at my relative's house.
For starters, I'm okay.
"You just need to get somewhere safe..." is what they said to me when the company car left the facility.
TEPCO's really under attack lately...
But it's also TEPCO that isn't running away and is continuing this life-threatening work.
So please don't criticize them.
As a TEPCO employee and staff of the Fukushima Number 2 reactor, I was at the scene till last night. Even with tsunami warnings going off, even though we couldn't see our feet, we were out at 3AM in front of the ocean doing repair work. The machines responsible for cooling are out of commission because of the tsunami but everyone's working frantically.
Everyone's tired and hungry and so tired their feet are dragging but they're still working. If we can't get the cooling systems back online, Dai-ni would explode just like Dai-ichi.
TEPCO are the ones who are trying to prevent that.
If we'd just abandoned the plant it wouldn't end here.
So we're staying and fighting.
The tsunami's effects were worse than we could have ever expected.
If it'd just been the earthquake, Dai-ichi wouldn't have exploded.
People are working without a second thought about their lives.
There's a lot of rumors going around but if you're outside the evacuation zone there really isn't much chance of your health being effected.
The only people whose health is at risk are the workers inside the plant.
They're going without sleep, without food.
Don't be swayed by all the rumors if you're outside of the evacuation zone.
My boyfriend has been doing night work at the plant the whole time.
Right now all I can do is pray that everyone's okay...
But the scariest thing is all of the people working at the plant.
TEPCO isn't running away.
People who can't contact their families are still working.
Please don't forget about them.
If only one more person knows about them from this blog, it will be enough.
Please copy this URL instead of copying and pasting my blog so my words can't be twisted [ed. note - whoops]
All of us at the plant are still fighting.
I'm sorry that we've made everyone in Japan anxious.
I know what may come of it but I'm including my name.
There are people working at the plant now who would give their lives to protect everyone.
こんな状況ですが 自分の命を顧みず立ち向かっているみんなを見て 一緒に復旧作業に当たることができて 東電社員であること 福島第二原発所員であることを誇りに思います
That's what the situation is now, but seeing everyone putting their lives at risk and working together to bring the cooling systems back online, I'm proud to be a TEPCO employee and staffer at Dai-ni.
I hope I can go back to the plant to work soon.
Fukushima Dai-ni Power Plant
Electric Machinery Group
(this link only available to people with mixi accounts but because Michiko asked I'm posting the URL here)
EDIT: I wanted to share a few tidbits with everyone. If you can't reach a friend or family member in Japan, www.jlist.com has offered to call them - free of charge - and find out if they're all right. Sometimes its easier to reach someone via a land-line in the country, rather than from outside.
Also: here's a cute poster of the military operation the US is engaged in to help Japan:
It literally means "Operation Friendship"
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