Battling a Radiation Emergency

Synopsis
Doctors break their silence on what happened at ground zero

In the hours after Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear incident, medical specialists rushed to the scene. What they found was a region desperately ill equipped to handle an emergency of this magnitude. Local doctors initially hesitated, a result of the prevailing "Safety Myth." The national government was also blindsided, as confusion obfuscated the chain of command. Life and death decisions had to be made on the frontlines, from dealing with residents exposed to radiation, to treating injured members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces deployed to fight the explosion. The intense, overwhelming reality of medical care at ground zero is revealed through exclusive access to a vast, hitherto unseen collection of images and videos taken by the doctors themselves.