Japan raises severity of nuclear accident

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Associated Press

Posted on March 18, 2011 at 2:31 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 18 at 2:34 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's nuclear safety agency has raised the rating of the country's nuclear accident from 4 to 5 on a 7-level international scale.

An official of the agency said Friday the agency raised the rating of the Fukushima nuclear crisis on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The scale defines a level 4 incident as having local consequences and a level 5 incident as having wider consequences.

The official declined to give other details.

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