The workers at Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant — known as the Fukushima 50 — expect some of them will die within weeks or months, the mother of one has reportedly said.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the power company that runs the plant, said Friday that leaking radiation had seeped into groundwater beneath the site.
The leak is an indicator of how far TEPCO is from stabilizing the dangerously overheating reactors after cooling systems were knocked out in the March 11 quake and tsunami.
Earlier this week, a Japanese minister conceded there was no end in sight to the crisis, although some of the world’s largest cement pumps are being sent to Japan , initially to pump water but then to possibly entomb the site as was done in Chernobyl.
The Fukushima 50, who actually are a group of about 300 people who have been working in shifts of 50, have become heroes in Japan and are known as atomic “samurai.”