12 Apr '11, 1am

Japan to raise its nuclear emergency severity level to the maximum 7, putting it on a par with Chernobyl: Reports

Japan to raise its nuclear emergency severity level to the maximum 7, putting it on a par with Chernobyl: Reports

Japanese police officers wearing white suits to protect them from radiation stand by a victim being cleaned. Japan is to raise its assessment of the severity of its nuclear emergency to the maximum seven, reports said. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - JAPAN is to raise its assessment of the severity of its nuclear emergency to the maximum seven on an international scale, putting it on a par with Chernobyl, reports said on Tuesday. The government currently rates the incident at five, but will boost that to seven, Kyodo and NHK said, citing unnamed sources, classifying it as a major incident. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was badly damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and has been leaking radiation since, despite efforts to cool and stabilise its reactors. Kyodo earlier reported that preliminary figures from the country's Nuclear Safety Commission revealed...

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