Japanese Nuclear Agency Does not Know about the Workers: News for Kids

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TEPCO,(TEPCO is Tokyo Electric and Power Company), stated today that it lost the contact with 143 of its employees who worked for the company after the Tohoku earthquake. TEPCO does not have any idea whether these employees were exposed to radiation or not. Most of these employees did not directly work for TEPCO.
After the earthquake which caused a partial meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor, the nuclear agency hired many sub-contractors (different companies that do smaller jobs for big companies). These sub-contractors also hired daily workers who got paid 2-3 times more than a regular employee since they had to work very close to the radioactive leak. However, the big company did not have a full record of these daily workers. As a results 143 of these daily workers cannot be located at the moment.