This is the 13th in a series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on the accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages. Job titles and ages are as of March 2011.

At least 71 Tokyo Electric Power Co. employees remained at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in the early hours of March 15, 2011, accepting the risks in a bid to bring reactors 1 and 3 reactors under control.