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KCET and Link TV are commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of Japan’s Earthquake and Fukushima Disaster with two new documentaries from Japanese partner NHK. The first is Meltdown – The Fateful 88 Hours, a two-part special premiering tomorrow, Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV
and Friday, March 11 at 9 p.m. on KCET.
Synopsis: On Mar. 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m., one of the largest earthquakes in Japanese history hit the East of Japan. A gigantic tsunami caused by this earthquake later triggered a complete power outage at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant, which led to three simultaneous meltdowns. Five years have passed since the accident, and details of the situation at that time have now emerged through various investigations and exclusive interviews with more than 500 people who were involved. Through re-enactments and interviews, viewers will witness for the first time the complete picture of the nuclear accident in Fukushima during those fateful first 88 hours.
The second doc is Decommissioning Fukushima. It will premiere on Thursday, March 17 at 1 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT on Link TV and on Friday, March 18 at 10 p.m. on KCET.
Synopsis: At the accident site of Fukushima nuclear power station, the decommissioning of reactors involving the removal of nuclear fuel from three crippled reactors seems unending. Nuclear debris still continues to release fatal amounts of radiation for humans, making close investigation impossible. Therefore, alternative inspection methods using cutting-edge technology are ongoing, including small remotely-operated robots and a cosmic-ray muon technology to imaging debris inside the reactor. Decommissioning Fukushima is a record of the front line of the accident that attempt to answer this question.