Japanese raise nuclear crisis to level 7, highest rating, equal to Chernobyl

It’s a bit odd.  They’re claiming nothing new has gone wrong, yet they’re raising the severity rating from a level 5 to the highest level that exists, a 7.

Washington Post:

Japanese authorities raised Tuesday their rating of the severity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis to the highest level on an international scale, equal to that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Officials with Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission reclassified the ongoing emergency from level 5, an “accident with off-site risk,” to level 7, a “major accident.” The reassessment comes at a time when the International Atomic Energy Agency says the plant is showing “early signs of recovery” but still in a critical condition.


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