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Worker: Japan nuke crisis crew not told of danger

IWAKI, Japan (AP) -

A worker says the operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings.

The worker was in a six-member team working at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant's Unit 3 reactor in the early days of last year's crisis. He says the actions by Tokyo Electric Power Co. led to radiation injuries for several members of the team.

The worker spoke to The Associated Press on the condition that he be identified only as Shinichi, his given name.

He described a harrowing scene of darkness and fear, wading with headlamps into a flooded basement through steaming radioactive water that felt warm even through workers' boots.

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