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

The BBC:

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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