The Fukushima 50 are being hailed as heroes. They are the crew of 200, working in shifts of 50, that have stayed behind at Japan's crisis riddled nuclear plants trying to prevent an all outÂ nuclear meltdown.
The engineers that make up the Fukushima 50 are trying to douse the nuclear plant with sea water in order to cool the plant. "They are working as temperatures at the plants soar to nerve wracking levels, radiation is leaking, rain may be carrying it down upon them, and a toxic fire burns, likely spewing more radiation into the atmosphere,"Â according to reports by ABC News.
Their names have not been released, so their identites are left to speculation. Some people are taking to social media to express support for their family members who are part of the Fukushima 50.Â ABC isÂ reporting that aÂ young woman took to Twitter to support her father who is reportedly part of the heroic crew. "At home, he doesn't seem like someone who could handle big jobs...but today, I was really proud of him. And I pray for his safe return."
If that doesn't give you chills, nothing will. It is hard to imagine what the loved ones of the Fukushima 50 are going through right now. It is hard not to think back to the horrific images of the victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe. Not only the effects that you can visually detect,Â but what about all of the internal damage that can be done by radiation poisoning. Will their equipment be enough to save them from cancer, which is a common side effect of being exposed to too much radiation.
The world is watching andÂ hoping thatÂ the peril Fukushima 50 are placing themselves in will not be for nothing and they will be able to put a stop to the impending nuclear meltdown in Japan, at minimal cost to their health or lives.
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