Japan raises nuclear crisis severity to highest level
Japan raised the severity of itsnuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to a level7 from 5, putting it on par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
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TOKYO, April 12 (Reuters) – Japan raised the severity of its
nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to a level
7 from 5, putting it on par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
The rating reflects the initial severity of the crisis not
the current situation which has seen radiation levels drop
“This is a preliminary assessment, and is subject to
finalisation by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” said an
official at the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), the
government’s nuclear watchdog, which made the announcement with
the Nuclear Safety Commission.
Japan is struggling to regain control of the Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear plant after a massive earthquake and tsunami
devastated its northeast on March 11, and is facing a major
humanitarian and economic crisis.
The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, is
published by the IAEA and ranks nuclear and radiological
accidents and incidents by their severity from 1 to a maximum of
(Reporting by Mayumi Negishi, editing by Jonathan Thatcher)