This applies to just the leak itself, ie raising severity of leak from level 1 to 3, but if unit 4 collapses, the situation would be grave especially if workers have to evacuate and no one is left to tend to the problems; the original meltdown was designated a max “7” in severity. Given the problem has not been fixed and we have this newly designated leak threat, this is not the time to be downplaying the consequences.
“Japan will drastically raise the gravity of the latest Fukushima leak to Level Three, which is considered a “serious radiation incident” on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) for radiological releases. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, each increase on the INES scale represents a 10-times increase in radiation severity.”
'Serious': Japan hikes Fukushima radiation danger level — RT News
August 21, 2013
“… in a new paper published in July, 2012 by the journal, Environmental Research Letters,that shows that the west coast of North America could end up with 10 times more radioactive cesium 137 than the coastal waters off of Japan itself.”
Fukushima Threatens/Dr. Sircus
www.drsircus.com/world-news/disasters/fukushima-threatens wreckage forever?
“The reality is that this is a nightmare disaster area where no one has the slightest idea what to do and which has always been out of control.”
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