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“Fukushima ‘upgraded on nuclear accident scale'” via the West Australian Newspapers

PARIS (AFP) – The accident at Japan’s Fukushima plant now rates six on a seven-point international scale of gravity for nuclear accidents, the head of France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) said Tuesday.

The 1979 accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania rates five on an international scale of zero to seven, while Chernobyl is put at seven, the highest.

Japan’s nuclear safety agency has estimated the accident at Fukushima at level four.

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