Denis Flory, IAEA
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Japan: Nuclear crisis raised to highest level

Japanese authorities have raised the severity rating of their nuclear crisis to the highest level, seven, previously only applied to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

The decision reflects the total release of radiation at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which is ongoing, rather than a sudden deterioration.

The IAEA's Deputy Director General Denis Flory said there are "early signs of recovery", but that "the situation remains very serious".

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