Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Japan mulls raising nuclear crisis to top level: report

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) April 12, 2011
Japan may raise the severity of its nuclear accident to seven -- the top level on an international scale -- from five, the Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday, as workers battled to contain the crisis.

Kyodo said preliminary figures from the country's Nuclear Safety Commission revealed the battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had released up to 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials per hour for several hours.

The calculation prompted Japan to consider upgrading the accident to the highest level -- something that has only be given to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster -- Kyodo said, citing unnamed government sources.

According to the INES, level 7 accidents release radioactive material of more than tens of thousands terabecquerels of radioactive iodine 131.

Haruki Madarame, chairman of the government-run commission, said it has estimated that the release of 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials per hour continued for several hours, the report said.

Japan currently assesses the nuclear accident at level 5, or the same level as the Three Mile Island accident in the United States in 1979.

On Monday the disaster-stricken nation marked a month since the massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

TEPCO boss tells Japan disaster zone: 'I'm sorry'
Tokyo (AFP) April 11, 2011
The president of the embattled operator of Japan's crippled nuclear plant visited Fukushima on Monday and apologised for the atomic emergency engulfing the area. Masataka Shimizu, the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), had wanted to go to the offices of the Fukushima prefecture government in the hope of meeting governor Yuhei Sato, but a local official said no meeting had taken pl ... read more

Worst over, but dangers persist at Japan plant

UN to urge boost to national disaster plans

TEPCO boss tells Japan disaster zone: 'I'm sorry'

Japan mulls raising nuclear crisis to top level: report

Russia Urges Japan To Stop Radioactive Dumping Into Pacific

Inexpensive New Instruments Test Building Sealants Under Real-World Conditions

Japan to widen evacuation zone around nuclear plant

Defective Plastics Repair Themselves

Young penguins dying due to lack of food: study

South Africa's photo-op penguins show signs of decline

Ancient Corals Provide Insight On The Future Of Caribbean Reefs

Fish Farm Waste Can Drift To Distant Shores

Sand Drift Explained

Russia Plans To Spend 195 Million Dollars On Antarctic Research Up To 2013

Human Impacts On The Marine Ecosystems Of Antarctica

U.N.: Arctic sees record ozone loss

Brazil meat processor to invest $300 mn in China

Latin American Working To Rejuvenate Crop Collections

World food prices fall for first time in eight months

Cost Effective Manure Management

Japan will 'never abandon' tsunami victims: PM

New 7.1 quake hits Japan as evacuation zone widens

Thousands defy Philippine volcano warnings

Aftershock hits Japan as nuclear evacuation zone grows

Gbagbo on pro-Ouattara TV: 'I want us to lay down arms'

EU split over African migration's 'human tsunami'

Water cut off in Abidjan's 'human tragedy': UN

Both victims of Port Sudan raid Sudanese: Khartoum

Commentary: Coming geopolitical upheaval

Pacific nations battle obesity epidemic

French veil ban comes into force

Elevated Levels Of Sodium Blunt Response To Stress

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement