18 Mar '11, 10am

Japan agency raises Fukushima accident level to 5 "Accident with wider consequences" #nucleare

Japan agency raises Fukushima accident level to 5 "Accident with wider consequences" #nucleare

OSAKA, Japan - Japan's nuclear safety agency on Friday raised the Fukushima accident level to five from four on the international scale of gravity for atomic accidents, which goes as high as seven. The agency's decision puts the Fukushima crisis on the same level as the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. France's Nuclear Safety Authority rates the Fukushima crisis at six on the scale. The Chernobyl disaster is put at seven, the highest. Level 5 indicates "an accident with wider consequences", according to the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), while level four means there has been an "accident with local consequences." The March 28, 1979 accident at Three Mile Island was a partial reactor meltdown that led to "very small" releases of radioactivity, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). It caused no casualties. The April 26, 1986 e...

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