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April 12th, 2011
07:39 PM ET

What Japan's elevated nuclear threat level means

Japan's nuclear crisis is now on par with Chernobyl, according to Japanese authorities who are now calling the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant a "major accident."

They have now raised the situation from a category "5" level accident, comparable with Three Mile Island, to a level "7" - the same as Chernobyl.

Ali Velshi and Kiran Chetry spoke with Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer and chief engineer with Fairewinds Associates, on American Morning and asked him what this means in terms of trying to control the plant.

Filed under: Japan
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Lou

    Did they hide the truth from the beginning of it being a level 7 not a level 5?

    April 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  2. "cold sores on lips "

    cold sores on lips

    What happen to Japan is consider as a night mare for the people living there. People's health is in great danger because of too much exposure on radiation that could trigger lot diseases to attack. Worst to it, it can lead people to death.

    April 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm |