“Between 50 and 70 employees — now known in English as the Fukushima 50 — all in protective gear, were left at the plant to battle myriad problems. Some are assessing the damage and radiation levels caused by the explosions, while others cool stricken reactors with seawater to try to avert a potentially catastrophic release of radiation.
The workers are the nuclear power industry’s equivalent of frontline soldiers, exposing themselves to considerable risks while about 800 of their evacuated colleagues watch from a safe distance. 15 people on the site, including members of the self-defence force, have been injured in the blasts.”
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