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Japanese nuclear agency raises threat level to most severe category

The Japanese nuclear agency has “provisionally” raised the threat level from a stricken power plant from 5 to 7, the most severe category.

The 1986 Chernobyl accident in the former Soviet Union also rated a 7 on the International Nuclear Events Scale, which equates to a “major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures.”

A Japanese official says the release of radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is about 10% of what was emitted at Chernobyl.




Sue on 12/04/2011 4:05am

God love this country and our government for keeping us nuclear free! But crikey what an ecological and humanitarian disaster this is. Thoughts and prayers are with those in Japan at this time.

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