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Japan Earthquake 2011: First Look Inside Damaged Nuclear Plant (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/24/11 12:49 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Tokyo Electric Power Company has distributed a series of dramatic images showing Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station workers risking their health to repair the control room of reactors no. 1 and 2, heavily damaged by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the anonymous workers -- which include employees of Tokyo Electric Power and other contract workers earning 9,000 yen ($110) a day -- have been exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation inside the stricken plant.

Known as the "Fukushima Fifty," the brave band of lower and mid-level managers must wear protective bodysuits to protect their skin from the poisonous radioactive particles that fill the air around them.

View the first photos below:

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  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. worker looks at gauges in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2.

  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

  • In this photo released by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, a collapsed eave lies outside the security gate for Unit 1 and Unit 2 of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

  • Exterior of Fukushima Plant

View video of the plant, courtesy of Reuters, here:

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Filed by Curtis M. Wong  |