12 Apr '11, 3pm

Fukushima raised to Level 7 nuclear disaster—how much should you panic?

The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has leveled up to a 7, or “major accident,” topping out the International Nuclear and Radiation Event scale. That puts it in the same category as Chernobyl, the only other level 7 event in history. Does this mean it's time for us all to put on our radiation hazard suits? Not as bad as Chernobyl: Yes, it's in the same category as Chernobyl, but Hugh Laurie is in the same tax bracket as Bill Gates. There's no level above 7 on the INES scale, so all the bad accidents are gonna be chilling there together, even if some are way worse. And Chernobyl was, in fact, way worse than Fukushima. The accident there killed 28 people immediately and 15 later, as opposed to Fukushima's zero (so far). And so far Fukushima has only released 10 percent as much radiation as Chernobyl. That's enough to get it into the top bracket, but not the t...

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