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April 14th, 2011
07:13 AM ET

Journalist gets up-close to Fukushima nuclear plant

Voice of America correspondent Steve Herman, was the first of two American reporters to drive to the grounds of the crippled Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. He was turned away at the main gate. Japan declared the Fukushima Daiichi crisis a Level 7 event on the international system for rating nuclear accidents Tuesday, putting it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet Union. The designation was based on the massive release of radioactivity since the accident began, particularly in its early days, and classifies Fukushima Daiichi a "major accident" requiring long-term countermeasures.

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  1. raul ortega

    it' was horrendous that a young life was taken, but the fact of the matter is why did the young man put himself in a position were his life can be taken away. and the officer involve may have or could have lost his life as well. theirs no heroism in taking a life away , but ends justifies the means.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:14 am |