Breaking: First Photos From Inside the Crippled Japanese Nuclear Plant

The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) has released the first photographs from inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex. The plant was severely damaged after being hit by a 9.0 earthquake, followed by a tsunami that rendered the nuclear plant’s emergency power generators inoperable. The pictures (which were taken late yesterday) show the extent of the damage from both the natural disasters and the hydrogen explosions that rocked the plant when fuel rods burst into flames due to lack of cooling water.

The situation at the plant remains critical, and may not be fully stabilized for weeks or months.

TEMPCO workers inside the damaged control room of Unit 1 or 2.

The rest of the pictures and my Forbes coverage of the nuclear crisis are here.

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