The Fukushima 50, the new heroes of Japan
Equipped with anti-radiation suits, work tirelessly in 50 Japanese nuclear power plant in Fukushima I, which has been the scene of explosions and fires since the earthquake of 9.0 in last Friday and threatening to release a radioactive cloud the atmosphere with unpredictable consequences.
Hour by hour, these 50 workers - (the ones who remained after the withdrawal, originaly they were 750) - pour sea water in the cores of reactors that have dangerous levels of warming.
Many workers are voluntarily in this fight. Is intimately ingrained in Japanese culture and professional dignity that this individual work towards a common good.
The Japanese Minister of Health said Monday it will raise the legal limit of radiation exposure for the 250 millisieverts (the previous limit was at 100). This amount is five times higher than the maximum allowed, for example, in U.S. nuclear power plants. The government decision means that these 50 heroes may, with due precaution cool, stay longer inside the plant. "It would be unimaginable to further increase the limit, because of risks to the health of workers," said the minister, Yoko Komiyama.
Even so, the concentration of radiation within the plant is so high, according to The New York Times, which sometimes workers have to be rotated after a few minutes.
So far five employees have been killed and 22 others were wounded at different times. Two are missing.
Nevertheless, the group did not budge. Some former workers at U.S. nuclear power stations, heard by the NYT, indicated that the solidarity among employees of a structure like this is great. Workers spend many hours together, in shifts, and there is a great sense of mission. "Of course we are concerned with health and safety of our families, but we have an obligation to remain on the premises. There is a feeling of loyalty and camaraderie, "the newspaper said Michael Friedlander, who worked 13 years at three different central American.
Were not revealed the identities of these 50 workers who stayed behind nor the authorities put forward how they can be replaced if more accidents.
The officials spoke today, but a reinforcement to the central human Fukushima I, without giving further details.
In 1986, after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, many workers also volunteered to remain in the central, although it is not clear whether most of them knew the whole truth about the risks. Three months after the massive radioactive leak, 28 workers died as a result of radiation and another 106 developed chronic diseases linked to radiation, such as nausea, diarrhea and blood loss. In total, more than five million people in the region were given as "contaminated" as a result of the disaster in central Ukraine.
For these nameless heroes who fight for all of us perhaps with the cost of there lives here we left our tribute
Hail to the 50 heroes of Fukushima!
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