12 Mar '11, 6pm

Japan agency rates nuclear plant accident at 4 on 0-7 scale - Channel NewsAsia

TOKYO - Japan's nuclear safety agency rated an accident at an earthquake-hit nuclear plant at four on the international scale from 0 to 7, an official said Sunday. On the International Nuclear Event Scale, a level four incident means a nuclear reactor accident "with local consequences". The 1979 Three Mile Island accident in the United States was rated five while the 1986 Chernobyl disaster was a seven. It is on the same level as the worst nuclear incident Japan has experienced, matching the 1999 accident in which a critical nuclear reaction hit an uranium processing plant in Tokaimura resulting in a radiation leak. "Right now we are considering the accident should be rated four," said the official of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, referring to the latest nuclear accident following Friday's monster earthquake. "The rating may be changed in accordance with th...

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