Japan Nuke Crisis Raised to Chernobyl Level
Fukushima Dai-ichi may have spilled more radiation than thought
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2011 6:30 PM CDT
Updated Apr 11, 2011 8:08 PM CDT
This Sunday, April 10 image shows the damaged reactor building of Unit 4, left, of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.   (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

(Newser) – Japan has decided to raise the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster from 5 to 7, according to government sources, a severity level only previously seen in Chernobyl, reports Kyodo News. The country's Nuclear Safety Commission today found that at times after the breach, the plant was emitting some 10,000 terabecquerels of radioactive materials an hour. That number is now 1 terabecquerel, but raising the severity level is an indicator of the total radiation that escaped from the plant. The previous Level 5 was the same as the Three Mile Island disaster.

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stephinrazin
Apr 13, 2011 11:28 AM CDT
I wish this was surprising. The EPA raised the safe limits of many radioactive substances. http://www.newser.com/story/115213/epa-raises-radioactive-safe-levels-by-100000.html This crisis has been far greater than controlled media has reported. Forgive the following this is a little of topic. The topic everyone seems to forget in Japan is that they are the third largest holder of US T bonds. This means that if their economy continues to implode, and they keep having QE then things will reach a tipping point. They will decided that it is no longer viable to hold worthless US T bonds when their country desperately needs money for repairs. The run of the Yen against the dollar last month was only stopped after the G7 massively intervened in foreign currency markets. We came pretty close to a danger zone. If the markets had not been manipulated in favor of the dollar that 70.00 USDX mark might have breached. Once that dollar confidence breaks the dam is gone. The inflationary spiral will be unstoppable at that point. The Fed will have no option, but to raise interest rates. This will crash markets, and freeze lending. Gas and food prices will rise 20-50% over the first six months to a year. Inflation will reach proportions never seen by the American people. Combine inflation, interests rates, and debt obligation to form a perfect storm. I am shocked by the debate about budget cuts. Everyone already knows the US will default on the debt. It is only a matter of when it will come all crashing down. The Bond market is about to take a beating so if anyone is in that get out now.
harrisd
Apr 12, 2011 3:03 PM CDT
So the emergency finally matched Chernobyl.... Let's hope we can learn something this time. I invite you to check my post on www.whitehousevoice.com about this issue http://www.whitehousevoice.com/Harrisd/Proposals/The-downside-of-the-nuclear-genie-555
winterfairy
Apr 12, 2011 12:50 AM CDT
Hmm I wonder if that back up grid power, gravity fed water towers and super waterproof generators are looking cheap now?