Japan: Nuclear crisis raised to Chernobyl level

April 12, 2011 05:36

Japanese authorities have raised the severity rating of their nuclear crisis to the highest level, seven. Level seven previously only applied to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, where 10 times as much radiation was emitted.

BBC News


The decision reflects the total release of radiation at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which is ongoing, rather than a sudden deterioration.

The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan announced in a statement that the crisis level at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was being raised, adding that it was a preliminary assessment which required further technical evaluation by specialists.

The level seven signifies a “major accident” with “wider consequences” than the previous level, officials say.


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