On June 25, at around 3pm, a strange scene was caught on camera via TEPCO’s live feed of the Fukushima I Nuclear Reactor site: several workers were posing and taking pictures of each other outside the No. 1 reactor.
A video of the event was uploaded to YouTube and shows three workers, supposedly on break, as they lightheartedly pose for the camera in their hazmat suits.
The video has been met with largely positive reviews from Japanese YouTube users who comment that it is reassuring to see that these people can still have a little fun in the middle of what must be one of the world’s most stressful working environments.
The user who uploaded the video wrote: “The playful poses are great. It’s important to be able to relax like this. Thank you so much for working in such a cruel environment, and please keep up the good work. We are cheering you on. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”
Another user added: “We’re not so stupid as to criticize someone who is putting their lives on the line for us. We all support and thank you for your work. Rather, the mental leeway of these workers is wonderful.”
We couldn’t agree more with these comments, and we hope that all of those at the plant take care of themselves as their work continues.