The earthquake on March 11th had shut off Fukushima’s nuclear power plant and halted its protective cooling systems. Now, a fire had broken out, and workers had been told that the plant’s radiation was now at levels that could be harmful to human health.
Hundreds of workers fled the facility immediately. But a group of 200 employees decided to stay behind to battle the blaze and contain the damage-—even though doing so could cause permanent health problems. The employees work in shifts of 50, which has given them the nickname the Fukushima 50.
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