Photo from a Kyodo News helicopter shows (from R) the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 4, 2011.

Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

February 28 and October 1, 2013 / 54m

Season 2012: Episode 8

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Photo: (Kyodo News via AP Images)


FRONTLINE continues its investigation of nuclear safety with an unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. 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.