A Japanese account of the fires in Fukushima on the fourth floor of reactor number 4

The Japan Times, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/28/national/four-days-later-fukushima-50-recount-start-nuclear-crisis/#.VDO0zOeC2uW

“Four days later: ‘Fukushima 50′ recount start of nuclear crisis”

by Hideki Takahashi

Kyodo Sep 28, 2014

This is the 13th in a series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on the accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages. Job titles and ages are as of March 2011.

“……At 9 a.m. on March 15, the emergency response headquarters received notification that the radiation level at the plant’s main gate had reached a terrifying 11,930 microsieverts per hour, the highest reading measured outdoors on the No. 1 complex since the start of the nuclear crisis four days earlier…..

“……as he and a colleague drove down the slope west of reactors 2 and 3, they saw flames and black smoke coming from the fourth floor of the reactor 4 building.

Inagaki turned pale.

A total of 1,535 fuel rod assemblies were inside the spent fuel pool of unit 4, whose roof and walls had been shattered by a hydrogen explosion at 6:14 a.m. If the pool dried up, the nuclear fuel would be exposed and start to release even more radioactive materials into the atmosphere.

Inagaki immediately reported the blaze to Yoshida, who in turn spoke with Tepco’s headquarters in Tokyo.

“A fire has broken out at reactor 4. (We) can’t do anything. Please ask the Self-Defense Forces or U.S. military for help,” Yoshida pleaded with Tepco officials via a teleconference system at 9:39 a.m.”

Please consider reading the rest of the article at the above link. Next I will give a context for Inagaki’s reaction to the fire on the fourth floor of reactor Number Four.

It is something hotly denied by some nuclear advocates. However, the sources I quote are pretty good. They are the same ones used by nuclear advocates.