12 April 2011 04:36 [Source: ICIS news]
A level 7 accident is typified by a “major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects,” according to the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale.
The scale, published by the International Atomic Energy Agency, ranks nuclear and radiological accidents and incidents by their severity, from 1 to a maximum of 7.
Operators at the
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck
The area of the evacuation zone has been widened from the 12-mile radius initially announced by the government.
The Fukushima nuclear plant site has also been experiencing strong aftershocks, with the latest having a magnitude of 6.3, which struck off the coast of
Some 28,000 people are dead or missing following the natural disasters on 11 March, according to official police data.
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