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PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - France's ASN nuclear safety authority said on Tuesday the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (9501.T) 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.
A U.S.-based think-tank said the situation had "worsened considerably" and that it was now closer to a level 6 event, "and it may unfortunately reach a level 7."
Originally posted by HoldTheBeans
Its one of those things you always have a ways back in your mind that it could happen but never really think it will.
Originally posted by LoveSoldier
I am looking at the 22nd or 23rd for total meltdown radiation disaster.
Originally posted by MindSpin
Hasn't it been at level 6 all day?
Either way...made up number scales don't scare me.
It is now confirmed by the Japanese cabinet secretary Edano that all 6 reactors at Fukushima are out of control and a complete meltdown is now underway. Fearing a full scale explosion of reactor 5 and 6 is being feared as residents have been asked to keep indoors. Edano keeping it as simple as possible says “cooling at 5 and 6 reactors seems to be a problem”. This was the same man who had confirmed before the first reactor blowout that “things were under control”. So when he says “there is a slight problem”, we know what to expect.
Originally posted by Kargun
Has been at 6 all day.
When it hits 7 tomorrow I will start to get worried.
White smoke has been seen rising from around the No. 3 reactor of the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, noting it may be steam.
Originally posted by TNMockingbird
I wonder if / when the disaster rates a number 7 on the scale...what could come next? If 7 means catastrophic then to who is the catastrophy limited to? Is it catastrophic for only Japan? That would be horrible enough and change the planet forever obviously but, hypothetically if all reactors at all of the plants in peril were to go "BOOM" so to speak, what impact would that have on the planet as a whole? Have any scientists or geologists commented or theorized about the damage something like that could cause the plates that seem very unstable at the moment anyway?