FRONTLINE: Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown on WXXI-TV

FRONTLINE: Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown on WXXI-TV

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 10:00pm

A fire engine douses the spent fuel pool of Reactor 3 at Fukushima Dai-ichi.

Credit: Courtesy of Japan Ministry of Defense

The crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after the 2011 tsunami is investigated.

Witness an unprecedented account of the crisis inside Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after the earthquake and tsunami on FRONTLINE: Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown airing Tuesday, February 28 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011). With exclusive eyewitness testimony from key figures in the drama -- including the Japanese Prime Minister and senior executives at the power company Tepco -- FRONTLINE tells the story of the workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant's pitch-dark and highly radioactive reactor buildings; the nuclear experts and officials in the Prime Minister's office fighting to get information as the crisis spiraled out of control; and the plant manager who disobeyed his executives' orders when he thought it would save the lives of his workers. The story profiles the Japanese soldiers and firefighters drafted to cool the reactors, who were wounded when the reactor housings exploded; and the families living near the nuclear plant, who unknowingly fled in the same direction as the radioactive plume, exposing themselves to dangerously high radiation levels. 

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