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March 28, 2011

The Latest Fukushima Photo Bucking For Icon Status


This is the latest Japan nuke crisis photo bucking for icon status. Why?

1. Like a still from a horror movie, it makes you fear for the worst wondering what freak act of science has occurred under the tarp.

2. This has a little bit of a victim sheet/coroner feel, as well.

3.  How do you spell d-e-n-i-a-l. If you’ve noticed, the reactor story seems to be slipping out of the headlines pretty fast. I’m wondering how much that has to do with the possibility, at this point, that people are both transfixed by the story, but also don’t want to face the reality/consequences of a real live nuclear power plant accident.

4. The ad hoc masking tape job on the Tyvek suits suggests that the danger has gone beyond-the-book in terms of how to respond to a crisis that won’t go back in the box.

(photo: Kyodo/Reuters. caption: Military personnel prepared to transfer workers exposed to radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to a hospital. March 25, 2010.)

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