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France's ASN nuclear safety authority said on Tuesday the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant could now be classed as level six out of an international scale of one to seven.
"We are now in a situation that is different from yesterday's. It is very clear that we are at a level six, which is an intermediate level between what happened at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl," ASN President Andre-Claude Lacoste told a news conference in Paris on Tuesday.
"We are clearly in a catastrophe," Lacoste added, citing the deterioration of the containment
The federal government and premiers of the German states where nuclear-power stations are located agreed that facilities “that began operation before the end of 1980 are being stopped for the duration of the moratorium,” Merkel said after a meeting in Berlin today.
Originally posted by loam
These really are uncharted waters...
This is really going to be one of the most impactful events of our lifetime. I heard early on of analogies to 9/11 when all this started. I now think those comments were quite right.
This disaster seems to have no end.
edit on 15-3-2011 by loam because: (no reason given)
'A level below Chernobyl'
The nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima power plant has reached a '6' on an international scale, just one notch below the absolute maximum, France's nuclear safety agency said on Tuesday (March 15). A level of seven has only been reached once -- during the 1986 Chernobyl accident in the then Soviet Union.
Japanese authorities classed the Fukushima accident as a level '4' on Saturday, the day after a gigantic quake followed by a tsunami killed thousands. But Andre-Claude Lacoste, head of the French nuclear safety authority said that was clearly no longer the case.
"It's clear we're at level 6, that's to say a level that is between what happened at Three Mile Island and what happened at Chernobyl," he told reporters referring to the worst nuclear incident to take place in the U.S. in 1979.
Agnes Buzyn, a senior official with the French radiological protection agency indicated that doses of radiation that workers were receiving while battling to make the reactors safe were clearly toxic. "We have a strong suspicion that the doses received by the workers are toxic, and I said it yesterday... heroic. So we're worried about the health of the workers and their ability to continue their job on the site over the long term," she said.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
reply to post by loam
IMHO, this if far, far worse than either 9/11 or Chernobyl.
Japan is a densely populated country with a top 5 economy in the world.
Besides the horrendous impact on the population , there will be far-reaching outcomes to much of the globe: human, environmental, economic.
The planet is FOREVER changed.
You were right, totally uncharted territory