Did you know that there were 50 people left at the Fukushima nuclear plant who have battled to cool down the overheating reactors since the disaster on March 11? They are a band of lower and mid-level managers at the plant, and they were, of course, aware of the danger and the outcome of being exposed to radiation – death.
Although the heat from the damaged reactors were sweltering, they had to wear protective bodysuits to protect their skin from the poisonous radioactive particles – … but radiation seeped into the atmosphere minute by minute. They did this, sacrificing themselves, because someone had to. They left families behind… telling them that they won’t be home for a while. One girl tweeted in a message translated by ABC: “My dad went to the nuclear plant, I’ve never seen my mother cry so hard. People at the plant are struggling, sacrificing themselves to protect you. Please dad come back alive.”
Later, 150 colleagues joined the original 50 and rotated in teams to limit their exposure to the radiation. But by now, 5 out of 50 are believed to have already died and 15 are injured while others have said they know the radiation will kill them.
Tokyo Water Bureau officials said levels of radioactive iodine in some city tap water contained two times the recommended limit for infants, and the government have issued a warning to all mothers urging them not to let babies drink the tap water. The U.S. have halted all dairy imports from Japan and will screen all other foods before allowing entry.