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Japan raises nuclear threat to highest level

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Japan raises nuclear threat to highest level

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One month on from Japan’s twin disasters and the severity of the continuing nuclear crisis has been put on a par with that of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

The threat level has been raised to seven, but the rating reflects the initial severity of the radiation leaks and not the current situation which has recently improved.

Since the March 11 earthquake, eastern Japan has been rocked by a series of aftershocks. Yesterday’s was felt in Tokyo but that has been followed by yet another off the coast of Chiba, around 77 kilometres north of the capital.

Work is continuing to clear the debris but it is being hampered by the government’s decision to extend the exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant. Thousands more people have been affected by the move, having to leave their homes for who knows how long.