Japanese Nuclear Crisis Upgraded To Level 7 Event, On Par With Chernobyl



Japan nuclear crisis upgraded to Chernobyl level

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Japanese safety authorities have raised the severity rating of the nuclear disaster to the highest level today, on a par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster

Japan has today raised the severity rating of the nuclear crisis from five to seven, reflecting the total release of radiation at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

An official from the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan said the amount of radiation leaking from the plant was around 10 per cent of that in the Chernobyl accident, but insisted the rating had been raised due to the wider consequences.

‘We have upgraded the severity level to seven as the impact of radiation leaks has been widespread from the air, vegetables, tap water and the ocean,’ says Minoru Oogoda of Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (Nisa).

Setbacks at the stricken plant continued yesterday as aftershocks from the magnitude-9.0 earthquake briefly cut power to back-up pumps, halting the injection of cooling water for almost an hour before power was restored.

As Japan plans to extend the evacuation zone because of radiation concerns, Tepco, the company under fire for its handling of the accident and its lack of preparation before the earthquake, issued yet another apology.

‘We deeply apologise for causing tremendous trouble to those who live near the nuclear complex and people in the prefecture,’ says Tepco spokesman Naoki Tsunoda.

Over a month after the disaster, more than 145,000 people are still living in shelters and the government yesterday added five communities to a list of places people should leave to avoid long-term radiation exposure.






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Date: 07.12.2018, 21:17 / Views: 65181