Nuclear heroes

The Fukushima 50 are the fifty workers who are trying desperately to prevent a nuclear meltdown in the four reactors damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  They have had to go into the plants, subjecting themselves to massive radiation.  They reportedly expect the radiation to kill them.  But they keep going in.

Workers at the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan say they expect to die from radiation sickness as a result of their efforts to bring the reactors under control, the mother of one of the men tells Fox News.

The so-called Fukushima 50, the team of brave plant workers struggling to prevent a meltdown to four reactors critically damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, are being repeatedly exposed to dangerously high radioactive levels as they attempt to bring vital cooling systems back online.

Speaking tearfully through an interpreter by phone, the mother of a 32-year-old worker said: “My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.

“He told me they have accepted they will all probably die from radiation sickness in the short term or cancer in the long-term.”

The woman spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity because, she said, plant workers had been asked by management not to communicate with the media or share details with family members in order to minimize public panic.

She could not confirm if her son or other workers were already suffering from radiation sickness. But she added: “They have concluded between themselves that it is inevitable some of them may die within weeks or months. They know it is impossible for them not to have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation.”

via Japan’s Nuclear Rescuers: ‘Inevitable Some of Them May Die Within Weeks’ – FoxNews.com.

This, my friends, is self-sacrifice in vocation.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    As least the workers (including the subcontractors and sub-sub-contractors) can be comforted by the knowledge that JEPCO management is right on the Fukushima site with them, wearing the same inadequate radiation protection suits (or none at all, since JEPCO didn’t furnish enough) and subject to the same risk of radiation exposure as the workers… NOT.

    And the workers can also be comforted in trying to save the plant by carrying out the orders of JEPCO management, who from the start have downplayed the problems and refused to ask the U.S. or IAEA for assistance, finally now admitting they don’t have a clue as to what to do to plug the leaks. U.S. nuclear engineers have now gone over to Japan to work in trying to solve the problems.

  • Carl Vehse

    As least the workers (including the subcontractors and sub-sub-contractors) can be comforted by the knowledge that JEPCO management is right on the Fukushima site with them, wearing the same inadequate radiation protection suits (or none at all, since JEPCO didn’t furnish enough) and subject to the same risk of radiation exposure as the workers… NOT.

    And the workers can also be comforted in trying to save the plant by carrying out the orders of JEPCO management, who from the start have downplayed the problems and refused to ask the U.S. or IAEA for assistance, finally now admitting they don’t have a clue as to what to do to plug the leaks. U.S. nuclear engineers have now gone over to Japan to work in trying to solve the problems.

  • Gary Hall

    They are Samurai.

  • Gary Hall

    They are Samurai.

  • Jeff Bolzman

    http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=28694&lan=eng
    If you read the article above, you will discover the love of Christ in action. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He gave His life as a ransom for many. These men are taking up their crosses and following Him.

  • Jeff Bolzman

    http://www.fides.org/aree/news/newsdet.php?idnews=28694&lan=eng
    If you read the article above, you will discover the love of Christ in action. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He gave His life as a ransom for many. These men are taking up their crosses and following Him.


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