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Elite Japan nuclear workers race to stop meltdown

In Breaking News, Radiation on March 17, 2011 at 5:03 AM

ERIC TALMADGE & MARI YAMAGUCHI – ASSOCIATED PRESS VIA SEATTLEPI – 16/03/2011 [LINK]

Interesting new data on Japanese workers at Fukushima. Curiously, they put the number of 180 workers versus 5o people figure that is showed at the rest of the media.

 


[EXTRACTS]

The 180 emergency workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi complex are emerging as public heroes in the wake of a disaster spawned by an earthquake and a tsunami.

 


Small teams of the still-anonymous emergency workers rush in and out for 10 to 15 minutes at a time […]

 


[…] workers wear coveralls, full-face masks with filters, helmets and double-layer gloves when they enter areas with a possibility of radiation exposure. Some of them carry oxygen tanks so they don’t have to inhale any radioactive particles into their lungs.

 


The newspaper said one male worker who was opening a valve to let out built-up steam was hospitalized after complaining of nausea and exhaustion after being exposed for 10 minutes of radiation, despite wearing head-to-toe protective gear and a mask.

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