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April 11, 2011

All the King’s Horses and All The King’s Men: More Fateful TEPCO Pics:

These are newly released photos from TEPCO documenting the moment just after and before the tsunami “attacked” the nuclear plant. (Yes, they describe it like that.)

I put them in reverse order like this to evoke that difficult feeling — I imagine you know it well, also — admiring the innocence in something long taken for granted.

(photos: TEPCO)

  • Gasho

    These images look so mild compared to many of the tragically horrible and powerful images of towns and buildings being swept away, yet THIS is the one that tripped the trigger and threatens Japan, the ocean, and the well being of our biosphere.

    I can’t help to think of the pictures of the tsunami stones carved by past generations warning to build your home on high ground.. at least above these stones (maybe someone can find the link). I wonder how the building of a nuclear facility could have ignored those warnings.. maybe because the folks at GE built the plants, didn’t know about the stones and couldn’t read them anyway.

    I wonder which engineer at the plant was the first one to realize that the diesel generators would be taken out by the tsunami, that they were the only thing cooling the rods and that.. oh, crap… this is BAD!!

  • Gasho

    These images look so mild compared to many of the tragically horrible and powerful images of towns and buildings being swept away, yet THIS is the one that tripped the trigger and threatens Japan, the ocean, and the well being of our biosphere.

    I can’t help to think of the pictures of the tsunami stones carved by past generations warning to build your home on high ground.. at least above these stones (maybe someone can find the link). I wonder how the building of a nuclear facility could have ignored those warnings.. maybe because the folks at GE built the plants, didn’t know about the stones and couldn’t read them anyway.

    I wonder which engineer at the plant was the first one to realize that the diesel generators would be taken out by the tsunami, that they were the only thing cooling the rods and that.. oh, crap… this is BAD!!

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