Fukushima Disaster Rated Level 7, Same as Chernobyl
By raising the severity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster two notches on the official scale to the top level of 7, the Japanese authorities may inadvertently have misled people into thinking that it had suddenly got worse – and become as serious as Chernobyl, the world’s worst nuclear accident.
Radiation, aftershocks, fire, a tsunami evacuation, and hours and hours of difficult, dangerous labour trying to do what nobody in history has done before: prevent four doomed nuclear reactors from a catastrophic meltdown.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) explains level 7 disasters as a major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures. And Fukushima is still leaking radioactivity.