First interview of Fukushima 50 : we have does not belong to ourselves

Fukushima 50 Warriors the first interview candidly reveal their state of mind

They are called "Fukushima 50 Warriors" or "50 slain Fukushima," they risked their lives to save the country into the nuclear danger, moved the world with extraordinary courage. However, this "50 Warrior" - in fact, are already hundreds of people - as of now is still the unsung heroes, they are in the spotlight at the center of the dark.

British "Sunday Telegraph" a run-down nuclear power plant near the port, located in the Tokyo suburb, a fire brigade, the interview to these unsung heroes, trying to restore their true face - the face of endless darkness and the inability to escape the nuclear radiation, These people and their families fear and faith.

● Fukudome (firefighter):

"Call your team, go to Fukushima."

"Dark night" in Unit 3 of Fukushima nuclear power plant fuel rods melt began on the occasion, leading the elite Tokyo fire department disaster response team "Super Rescue Team" to enter the scene Kazuhiko Fukudome said, "We use the headlights to see to the smoke and steam generated by nuclear reactors. They let us into the injection water, trying to cool down unit. We are not even working for the government, but for the Tokyo City - they were already desperate to be the last fight. "

This task can be the most adventurous 11 pm (the original unlabeled time) a call counting. "I was at home," Fuku-dome, said, "call is very simple, over the phone just said 'call your team members, to Fukushima', after they hang up the phone."

Fukudome then told his wife: "I will go to Fukushima nuclear power plant."

His wife looked shocked, but soon his face was quiet, just the words "Beware of those."

In Fukudome's heart, a little bit, "refused to go," the idea did not have before, but full of a lot of other ideas. "The way to the nuclear power plant, quiet the mind." He said, "but there are many of us worry, this is an invisible enemy."

Indeed, the fear became a reality.

Arrived at the nuclear power station at 2 am, the rescue team soldiers in three columns: a fire engine as close to the coast, to extract water; another fire truck water to the reactor; the third fire engines were two cars parked in the former between the half-mile-long pipe to act as intermediate connection task.

"The situation is worse than I expected, everything was covered in rubble." Fukudome said, "full of hard obstacles, impassable roads, we can not drive all the way to spread directly from the sea water, in the dark , we have carried the water, ran half a mile to the sea. "

An "escape vehicle" in a nearby stand, the engine has not stalled - if a sudden surge in radiation levels, it will be carrying Fukudome and his teammates to escape. But in fact, constitute a hazard to human health of radiation has been raging out from the reactor continuously.

"We shouted to each other 'just a little bit away from it! We adhere to go! The water and then stretch a little'!" Fukudome said, "We wore respirators, must be another loud roar."

In sea water into the reactor through the pipes, they shouted in unison "good" and squeezed his fist into the air.

● Tamura (electrical maintenance worker):

They wear the same as ordinary painters or cleaning uniforms, lying on the nuclear power plant directly to sleep on the floor.

"Nuclear power can be restored later, God bless simply because that was too dark to work under the conditions of scary, and this really makes me feel dangerous." The young man from Iwate Prefecture AkiraTamura said, "We want to overhaul Some cable is very high. "

After cooling the reactor, to restore the external power supply has become another major task - and so can be re-controlled nuclear power plant. Tamura electrical maintenance worker, said he and his colleagues at the rescue first to directly lying sleeping on the floor of nuclear power plants.

"(Time) does not exist any shift system, our 24 hours a day." Tamura said at the rest, "I just come here to take a bath, until the next day come back again. To our nuclear radiation was maintained at lowest level, we (now) is working for one hour, two-hour holiday. We start this group is 10 people, there are 30 people, and so we all can come here to eat. "

As firefighters, these workers the same protection with only the most basic core. While each person has breathing machine, but a full set of "anti-chemical warfare suits" only a dozen nuclear power plants really fully protect the people in only.

Most people wore a white suit off, made from polyethylene, and the ordinary painter, or as cleaners wear uniforms to prevent contact with skin or radioactive substances enter the body, but can not resist the most radiation. In order to avoid radiation material attached to the uniform surface, these uniforms can only be used once. The workers said the accumulation of nuclear power plants had already been abandoned hundreds of pieces of uniforms.

The main protection of the workers to track nuclear materials is the degree of radiation exposure to the two badges, they can reach dangerous levels in the radiation level when the warning. "We hope every major region into the worst time not too long," a male worker said, "They have told us that the amount of radiation is acceptable as long as there does not stay on the line."

To this, these workers can only believe that is a fact. But there are increasing signs that it is not.

In an interview on the same day, two of these workers have been in the hospital because of severe radiation burns. 3 workers, 3 days before the reactor room change in the wire, accidentally stepped into the water in the high radiation, two of them wearing boots and feet were radiation burns.

● Suzuki (electrical maintenance worker):

"We all feel there is enormous pressure on the shoulders to weather the storm - that the whole world is watching."

Although the number of people entering the scene now has reached hundreds of people, but the real power to master the work of professional technical personnel are still only in a few. At present, the outside world the impression that the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis is better, but the workers are in the field if not entirely confident.

Nobuhide Suzuki electrical group leader said: "The team extremely nervous, but we can only insist. We all feel there is enormous pressure on the shoulders to weather the storm - that the whole world is watching. We stand behind the owner has given us great momentum, which makes us feel that we have not had their own. "

Fukushima nuclear power plant because the radiation level is too high, can not stay too long, therefore, be rotated down in two hours, these people will be evacuated to a group called the "safe harbor" of the place - in July last year, the construction of a in the nuclear center, to fight against the earthquake two-storey building.

Here, they can be taken off the respirator, back walls, sat on the floor, instant noodles, bottled water and other basic foods are also available. The highest level of about 50 managers and operations staff - including head of nuclear power plants - almost all the time spent in the room in this building. "I am afraid, I always fear." A 32-year-old male workers, "but I know the task is important and must be completed - that is what prompted me to continue to fight on."


● Toya ("Sea King pill" Captain):

"Nobody is talking about, give them beer delivery has also been rejected."

Fukudome, and most of his teammates in a very nice four-masted sailing - KaiwoMaru ("Sea King pill") on the rest. The boat the first nuclear power plant in Fukushima, a few miles away Onahama berthing, the original plan to complete a training flight in Honolulu students. Escaped the tsunami, it damaged parked in a small berth on board a generator, and drinking water supplies.

"Sea King pill" master Susumu Toya warriors described in the ship's life: a mess among some people crowded a bench, surrounded by a few of the table covered with plastic sheets, eating curry food - this is the number of The first days they eat hot meals Dayton.

Sailing on a hot water supply, to bath. In order for you to relax, on board are also available widely welcomed by Japanese adults, comic books and some newspapers. But no one can really relax. Fatigue and anxiety in the double suppressed, these people just sat quietly. "They are very quiet." Toya said, "nobody is talking about eating meals, give them beer delivery has also been rejected. And they say, the answer is still silent."

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