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Japan Lifts Atomic Alert to Highest Level, Matching Chernobyl

Japan raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis to the highest, matching the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, as increasing radiation prompts the government to widen the evacuation zone and aftershocks rocked the country.

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the rating to 7, a spokesman said at a news conference in Tokyo today. The accident at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi station was previously rated 5 on the global scale, the same as the 1979 partial reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.

The stricken nuclear plant, located about 220 kilometers (135 miles) north of Tokyo, is leaking radiation in Japan’s worst civilian nuclear disaster after a magnitude-9 quake and tsunami on March 11. Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s plant has withstood hundreds of aftershocks, and the government widened the surrounding evacuation zone yesterday.

The government “is at


Added: Apr-11-2011 Occurred On: Apr-10-2011
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  • This is so sad to see, there will be severe radio pollution in our oceans, and tokyo people are already being told not to drink the water because of radiation seeping into the water table.

    This will affect other countries, how many is unknown but fish/whales don't stay within borders so this is most likely to cause a world wide problem, and the world must look at what its doing with nuclear energy

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  • Ref: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-12/japan-nuclear-crisis-may-be-raised-to-highest-severity-level-on-radiation.html

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    • The south Koreans and Chinese have their own chambers, they can get fusion to work but they cant get it to work for long enough to draw power from..

      When they do, that will be the next disaster, miniature suns on our planet

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  • China has every right to be angry at japan, why in the hell were they allowed to build it so close to the water?

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  • Scare tactic reporting...

    The LEVEL is the same as Chernobyl.

    The amount of radiation leakage is still 10% of Chernobyl.

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  • Thats strange, in the TEPCO report a couple days ago they quoted "NOT CHERNOBLE LIKE". maybe they were implying correct, but meaning much worse than Chernoble.
    Listen TEPCO, lying does not make things better, it only makes them worse, so now not only do you have a huge disaster on your hands, your delibertly making worse by not coming clean and admitting the truth from the start. You need to listen to the guy at fairwinds very closely.

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  • I haven't heard stories about flaming chunks of graphite raining down or a massive radioactive cloud dissolving stone yet. It may be as serious as Chernobyl but hopefully nowhere as deadly.

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  • cover it with chocolate bars!

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  • When those out of control cores reach the water table the whole world will be affected. No place to hide for the average person. A trip to the space station sounds good about now.

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    • @bmerdoc not entirely true. Based on the level of radiation reported it would be insignificant once it hits the sea. Once there the radiation would sink and be encapsulated by the sand. It would be hard to shift it. It wouldn't make the water radioactive because to do that it would change the proton structure and it would not be water anymore.

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  • Nuke the nuclear plant and get it over with. One huge bang and nothing is left to worry about on-site. No reactor cores, no contaminated water, nothing.

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