Monday, April 11, 2011

Fukushima disaster is now a 7

From NHK:
As an assessment based on international standards of the accident, the worst "level seven" decided to raise. "Level 7" is the same as the evaluation occurred in the Soviet Chernobyl disaster. Nuclear Safety Agency, 12, held a press conference with the Nuclear Safety Commission has decided to publish the contents of the evaluation.
-google translation

i.e. They're finally admitting that this situation is as bad as Chernobyl. However, they're conveniently not saying that there is waaaay more spent fuel at Fukushima than there was at Chernobyl, and Fukushima has at least 4 troubled reactors. Possibly 6.
Well, now they're a 7, and that's what they are willing to admit publicly.
With news today that there was also a fire in reactor, the situation is far from over.