Choose Theme

Find the Sexy Nerd Next Door? 

There Are Heroes In This World

Why haven't these men and women been mentioned more often? While we sit here and think about how terrifying the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is, think about this band of heroes that stayed behind to try and tame those reactors. From the New York Times:
At least 750 workers were evacuated on Tuesday morning after a separate explosion ruptured the inner containment building at Reactor No. 2 at the Daiichi plant, which was crippled by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. The explosion released a surge of radiation 800 times more intense than the recommended hourly exposure limit in Japan.

But 50 workers stayed behind, a crew no larger than would be stationed at the plant on a quiet spring day. Taking shelter when possible in the reactor’s control room, which is heavily shielded from radiation, they struggled through the morning and afternoon to keep hundreds of gallons of seawater a minute flowing through temporary fire pumps into the three stricken reactors, Nos. 1, 2 and 3, where overheated fuel rods continued to boil away the water at a brisk pace.

Those are incredible people.

Update: Their identity has been found.

An Actual, For-Serious Update: The workers have been forced to leave the plant.

Related Articles At OtakuBooty:

Press People. Need material? Cover OB for your site, blog, podcast, magazine, or what-have-you.  More info »

Want Your Stuff Reviewed By OB? Just send us your press releases and requests to review your products.

The Guy That Made OB? Find out more about John Rose.