Just imagine what is going on in their minds. The weight of the world lies on their shoulders. They are fighting to save millions of lives, people they will never know, all the while knowing that they could die at any minute.
They are the remaining workers at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant that decided to stay and finish the job. From CBS Evening News:
Since the disaster struck in Japan, about 800 workers have been evacuated from the damaged nuclear complex in Fukushima. The radiation danger is that great.
However, CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod reports that a handful have stayed on the job, risking their lives, to try to save the lives of countless people they don't even know. The exact number of workers is unclear and has been reported to be anywhere from 50 to 180.
Although communication with the workers inside the nuclear plant is nearly impossible, a CBS News consultant spoke to a Japanese official who made contact with one of the workers inside the control center.
The official said that his friend told him that he was not afraid to die, that that was his job.
Cham Dallas, who led teams responding to the Chernobyl disaster, said that kind of response is not out of the normal for some workers in the nuclear energy sector.
"(In) my experience of people in the action area of nuclear power is much like that," Dallas said.
The workers are doing so amid decreasing but still dangerously high levels of radiation. On Wednesday, Japanese officials raised the legal limit on radiation for the workers from 100 millisieverts to 250.
"The longer they stay the more dangerous it becomes for them," said expert Margaret Harding. "I think it is a testament to their guts for them to say, 'We'll stay and if that means we go, we go.'"
Full article HERE
I think it is important that more people are aware of these heroic individuals. My thoughts are with the Japanese people, and especially this handful of individuals that are knowingly placing themselves in danger so that others may be saved.
May they succeed and be unharmed.