Sunday, 27 March 2011

Japan : The League of Extraordinary Men

Before anything should be said about Japan, we should re-look in history and should give our thought a chance :  

Sometimes you need not be fighting in a war to be a Hero. While going for a war, soldiers are made mentally prepared that he is at risk but never going to die but always will be going to win the war. The truth is, no one wants to die, not even those who wants to go to heaven. Of course! Steve Jobs said this at Stanford convocation. Imagine a situation when it is certain that you will die. Never turn your thoughts, either it has to be to you: Mortal or immortal and you know what the heroes of Japan answer: This is my duty, Damn it! Don’t make things complex. I was being paid even when there was no fire around. Did I ever complain, why now?

More than 50 fire fighters are working on the site of Nuclear power plant, evacuated places and rescued all the persons in close vicinity and battling to cool overheating reactors at Plant.

Workers have struggled to avert a meltdown at the Fukushima daiichi plant northeast of Tokyo that has belched radiation, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate, contaminating farm produce and drinking water, and sparking wide anxiety. White steam was seen rising from four of the six reactors in the morning of Mar 15. Workers pulled back yesterday after dark smoke rose from the number three reactor unit and recently fire broke out from number four reactor.

Tokyo fire department engines again aimed their powerful seawater jets at the site to top up a spent fuel pool inside the unit.Initially, the focus was on the number three reactor, of special concern since it uses volatile uranium-plutonium fuel. Retopping the containment pool aims to stop it from being exposed to air where it could release large-scale radiation.Engineers later linked up an external electricity supply to all six reactors and are testing system components and equipment in an effort to soon restart the cooling systems and stabilise the reactors. Power could be partially restored to the control room of the number three unit. Previously workers had to grope around in the dark, using flashlights, without an air-conditioning system to extract elevated radiation.

The plant is located 250 kilometres northeast of Tokyo.The government has declared an exclusion zone with a radius of 20 kilometres around the power station and evacuated tens of thousands of people, while telling those within 20 to 30 kilometres to stay indoors.

Working in almost complete darkness and in sweltering conditions, workers at the stricken fukushima daiichi power plant are desperately race to save the country from a complete nuclear meltdown.
Wearing protective bodysuits and under lamplight, the men race to fix the plant, knowing the high exposure to radiation may kill them.

Five workers have already reportedly died and 15 are injured.

The plant manager, a man in his 30s, had been pulled out of the crippled plant the day before, his radiation exposure having exceeded the pre-crisis limit for nuclear power workers of 100mSv annually.
He is one of the original fukushima daiichi, an anonymous band of mostly Tokyo Electric Power Co technicians, who have battled in pitch dark to cool overheating reactors and fuel rods since a 14-metre tsunami swept fukushima daiichi No 1 plant.

"Once the radiation control limit is confirmed to be 250 millisieverts, I will work at the site again within that limit," the fukushima daiichi middle manager says.
"I will work up to whatever is the legal limit," he repeats laconically.

The manager was one of seven workers among the originals whose exposure levels topped the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry limit for nuclear plant workers of 100mSv annually.
Only limited numbers of people are available to work on critical jobs such as reconnecting emergency power to the reactor cooling systems which meant the annual limit has been temporarily raised to 250mSv.

At its most dangerous, on about March 15, fukushima daiichi No 3 reactor was giving off 400mSv hourly. 
The original team of 50 were later joined by another 150 workers in rotating shifts to lessen exposure to radiation.Currently, radiation level is 10000 times the normal radiation in nuclear plant.

The middle manager and other samurai with relatively high exposures will not be allowed to enter another nuclear plant, certainly for five years and probably never. 
A woman said her husband continued to work while fully aware he was being bombarded with radiation. In a heartbreaking email, he told his wife: 'Please continue to live well, I cannot be home for a while.'

They are few of the ordinary men who lead by being extraordinary. People needs infinite courage and faith to believe in your own live when death is a certain word. Time to remember the hero’s who will be a source of motivation for years and generations.

"Japanese have build their own empire and soon will find the lost happiness"

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