Despite the dangers, the Agence France-Presse news agency reported staff from TEPCO and other industry firms were volunteering to join in efforts to stabilize the reactors.
Keiichi Nakagawa, associate professor of the Department of Radiology at University of Tokyo Hospital, put it starkly: "I don't know any other way to say it, but this is like suicide fighters in a war."
Experts note, though, that radiation levels drop quickly with distance from the complex. While elevated radiation has been detected well outside the evacuation zone, experts say those levels are not dangerous.Like the Soviet engineers and workers in Chernobyl - they go in knowing what they are doing.
Why do they do it? For the same reason so many of the people in the military make FbF - they do it for their friends, co-workers, and neighbors - but more than anything else, they do it because it is the right thing to do and it must be done.
What would you do?