Breaking: Japan Raises Fukushima to Level 7 severity – same as Chernobyl

April 11, 2011

UPDATE: Reactor number 4 now on fire.

A fresh fire has reportedly broken out at Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant after a strong aftershock hit eastern Japan this morning.

The Reuters news agency quoted the plant’s operators as saying crews were fighting a fire at Fukushima’s No. 4 reactor.

The news broke as a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 hit eastern Japan, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo.

 

NHK now has the level upgrade story

The Japanese government’s nuclear safety agency has decided to raise the crisis level of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant accident from 5 to 7, the worst on the international scale.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency made the decision on Monday. It says the damaged facilities have been releasing a massive amount of radioactive substances, which are posing a threat to human health and the environment over a wide area.

Officials from the agency and the Nuclear Safety Commission will hold a news conference on Tuesday morning to explain the change of evaluation.

Leakspinner’s video above has some clips from NHK.

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