TOKYO—The Fukushima Daiichi power plant accident, following the March 11 earthquake, has been listed as a Level 7 disaster, putting it in par with the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
More radiation has leaked from the plant than officials originally thought, and as a result, thousands more families will have to evacuate as the danger area grows. However, Kan has promised to provide housing and jobs for those who will need to be uprooted from their homes.
Though the area has been listed in the same Level 7 category as the 1986 accident in Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union, its radiation levels are only 10 percent of what Chernobyl’s were over 20 years ago, and most likely will not cause the same severity of damage to nearby residents.
Japan is continuing to work toward stabilizing its nuclear crisis while it repairs the severe damage done to the country last month.
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