Japan Raises Alert Level at N-Plant
Posted on Mar 18, 2011
An aerial view of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The continuing crisis at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has led Japan to raise the alert level there to five on a seven-point scale of atomic hazard severity. —JCL
Japan has raised the alert level at its quake-damaged nuclear plant from four to five on a seven-point international scale of atomic incidents.
The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi site, previously rated as a local problem, is now regarded as having “wider consequences”.
The UN says the battle to stabilise the plant is a race against time.
The crisis was prompted by last week’s huge quake and tsunami, which has left at least 17,000 people dead or missing.
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