Japan's Fukushima 50: Volunteers Who Stay Behind at Crippled Plants - World News - ABC News Radio
TOKYO) -- They are the nameless brave men who are working as the last line of defense at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plants. They stayed behind while everyone else was sent nearly 15 miles away and radiation soars to menacing levels.
There are 200 of them and they work in shifts of 50, earning the nickname the Fukushima 50.
There is little information about who actually stayed behind, but nuclear experts say the skeleton crew is likely made up not of managers, but of technicians, men who have the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix pipes and unclog vents.
Potentially deadly doses of radiation surround them as they work, and their suits do little to prevent radiation from seeping into their bodies.