Japan raises nuke accident severity to highest level

11:29, April 12, 2011      

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Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano speaks at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, April 12, 2011. Japan nuclear agency announced on Tuesday that it has raised the severity level of the accident at the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant to 7, the worst on an international scale, from the current 5. (Xinhua/Kyodo)


Japan nuclear safety agency announced on Tuesday that it has raised the severity level of the accident at the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant to 7, the worst on an international scale, from the current 5.

According to Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the amount of radiation emissions released at the Fukushima plant was equivalent to 10 percent of that in the Chernobyl accident.

The level has so far only been applied to the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe. The current assessment is at the same level with the Three Mile Island accident in the United States in 1979.

The Japanese authorities have been battling to keep the troubled Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant under control. The plant has been leaking radioactive substances into environment.

The facility was crippled by the devastating March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck the Pacific coastal areas of northeastern and eastern Japan.

The National Police Agency said on Monday that the twin disasters had left 13,116 people dead and 14,377 others unaccounted for in Japan by 10:00 a.m. local time.

About 151,000 survivors are staying in 2,300 shelters across the country.

Meanwhile, a series of quakes has been occurring since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11. On Tuesday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted Chiba Prefecture, just east of Tokyo, and its vicinity at 8:08 a.m. while a magnitude 5.5 quake rocked Nagano Prefecture in central Japan and its surrounding areas at 7:26 a.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued after the quakes.
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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