12 Apr '11, 4pm

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Upgraded to INES Level 7, Like Chernobyl #green

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Upgraded to INES Level 7, Like Chernobyl #green

Only Chernobyl was Rated Level 7 Before The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) was created about 20 years ago to enable prompt and relatively un-ambiguous communication about the safety significance of nuclear accidents. "The scale is intended to be logarithmic, similar to the moment magnitude scale that is used to describe the comparative magnitude of earthquakes. Each increasing level represents an accident approximately ten times more severe than the previous level." Until today, the Fukushima 1 nuclear crisis was categorized as a level 5 incident (like Three Mile Island in 1979), but it has now been upgraded to a level 7 event, like Chernobyl in 1986.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/fukushima-nuclear...

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