Today the all world know about the Fukushima 50, except they´re names , who they are.
They were left behind to assess the damage and radiation levels caused by the explosions, cooling stricken reactors with seawater and preventing any risk of fire.
These workers remained on-site despite risks of radiation poisoning.
Originally there were approximately 800 workers on 11 March 2011, the day the earthquake and tsunami struck. On 15 March, workers deemed non-essential were withdrawn, leaving around 50.
It was on this day, the media started to call the remaining workers the “Fukushima 50″.
However, on the morning of the 16 March the remaining workers had to be evacuated for a brief period of time due to a radiation spike which was detected which could be harmful to the workers health. It was reported that when they returned to the plant, a further 130 or so workers joined their colleagues to total of around 180 to stabilise the reactors.
A tsunami survivor said about them, «they live “the way of the warrior”» , refering to the samurai code, that emphasized virtues such as loyalty, honor, obedience, duty, filial piety, and self-sacrifice.
Physicist Dr Michio Kaku said: “It’s got worse. We’re talking about workers coming into the reactor perhaps as a suicide mission and we may have to abandon ship.”
«If that place explodes, it’s the end for all of us, so all I can do is send them encouragement”Maeda Akihiro
For us they are the few that we owe so much. And even if they fail, they will show us that some values like honor, self-sacrifice and respect for life, dont die , nor with earthquakes or tsunamis.