• 博客等级:
  • 博客积分:0
  • 博客访问:23,610
  • 关注人气:22
  • 获赠金笔:0支
  • 赠出金笔:0支
  • 荣誉徽章:
正文 字体大小:

【时政翻译】earch Moves Deep Into Radiation Zone搜救行动深入到辐射区

(2011-04-18 22:53:28)


分类: 时事新闻


earch Moves Deep Into Radiation Zone搜救行动深入到辐射区


As Japan's Hunt for Tsunami Victims Wraps Up Elsewhere, Teams Reach Areas Near Troubled Nuclear-Reactor Complex


                                         APRIL 16, 2011   from the wall street journal

NAMIE, Japan—Nearly five weeks after search teams first combed northeastern Japan's tsunami-devastated shorelines for victims, they have ventured to the coastal town of Namie—once a hamlet of 20,000 people, now a time capsule of the March 11 tsunami's destruction situated less than five miles from the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.


On Friday, 280 police and firefighters descended on the deserted town wearing white head-to-toe radiation suits, waterproof boots, rubber gloves and face masks, belatedly picking through thick mud and the wreckage of homes, cars and boats. Searchers tossed aside mangled pieces of metal looking for bodies. Others they found in plain view.


Coming across an elderly woman lying in the fetal position, a young police officer on one search team placed a red bucket on the end of a six-foot long wooden rod and lifted it into the air, marking the site so a recovery crew could later carry her away. Within a few hours, four such flags could be seen for victims in an area about the size of 10 baseball fields.


Other tsunami-ravaged cities in northeastern Japan launched rescue efforts in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, and have brought their land searches largely to a close. But in the coastal towns within a 12-mile radius of the damaged reactors, the area set out by the Japanese government for mandatory evacuation, police and firefighters began only a week ago to look for bodies.


The efforts began in earnest as radiation levels dropped to a level where police felt comfortable sending in search crews, who were told to move from the zone's north—where the tsunami's devastation was greatest and radiation readings lower—toward the south. Friday's search brought police closer to the areas with the highest levels of radiation.


At around 8 a.m., police and firefighters congregated about a half-mile away from Namie in the parking lot of a wedding banquet hall, the staging point for the search. As they stood at attention, they were addressed by Nobuaki Takagi, a regional division chief for the Fukushima prefecture police department.


"We're here in the place of the families and loved ones of the missing who are not allowed to come look for themselves," Mr. Takagi said into a megaphone. "I'd like to be able to return even one more body to families as soon as possible."


The officers lined up in 10 separate units, each carrying a flag of a different color. Underneath the unit number, each flag displayed a short message. "Fukushima Moving Ahead," read one. Another, "Let's Keep Trying, Namie."


There are about 180 people still reported missing in Namie. Many are expected to be found in Ukedo, a neighborhood along the coast about 4½ miles from the Fukushima Daiichi complex. Even on a hazy day, the tops of the stricken reactors are visible from Ukedo's rice fields.


In black marker, some officers had written their names or where they were from onto the gleaming white body suits. Many carried dosimeters, a tool to measure radiation levels, around their necks.在黑暗中,一些指挥官把他们的名字或者是他们来自的地方写在了白色防辐射的衣服上。许多人拿着放射量测定器围绕着他们的脖子,那是一种测定辐射量水平的工具。

The search leader crouched over a map with leaders from each unit. Using an orange highlighter, he divided the search area by unit.


The National Police Agency said there are still more than 14,000 people missing in Japan. As part of the search that has extended into a second month, many coastal towns are using heavy machinery to jar free mounds of rubble. But there are no bulldozers or earth-moving equipment in Ukedo.


From a distance, the legions of search teams canvassing the flattened terrain here resemble a colony of white ants crawling over dirt. From the single-lane road, one police officer barked orders into a megaphone. "Go west," he shouted to one unit. A moment later, he told the unit: "Look inside that house." A dozen police officers walked into a decimated home leaning at an angle.


Police said they have covered less than one-sixth of the search area since the effort began a week ago. It is unclear just how long the search will last. One police official said searchers had found 10 bodies on Thursday.



In other tsunami-ravaged towns, police, firefighters and Self Defense Forces made a point of picking up picture albums and other keepsakes found in the rubble. Not so here. Police officers are told to set aside any safes or cash but shouldn't look for any other valuables in the radiation zone.


"We just don't have the time for that," said Mr. Takagi, whose rank was written on a brown piece of packing tape affixed on the back of his coveralls. He explained that the police needed to cover a stretch of about 25 miles on either side of the damaged reactors, and already had a late start. "Our top priority is finding bodies."


                                       Translated  by川透社 吴畅 梁江华 李心茹

                                            当日负责人:刘晓宇 当日责编:吴畅



阅读 评论 收藏 禁止转载 喜欢 打印举报/Report
  • 评论加载中,请稍候...




    新浪BLOG意见反馈留言板 电话:4000520066 提示音后按1键(按当地市话标准计费) 欢迎批评指正

    新浪简介 | About Sina | 广告服务 | 联系我们 | 招聘信息 | 网站律师 | SINA English | 会员注册 | 产品答疑

    新浪公司 版权所有