After more than a month of battling the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, Tokyo Electric and Power announced today that radiation leakage is likely to exceed Chernobyl levels. The utility has raised the safety threat from 5 to 7, the same threat posed by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion that killed dozens of people. Thousands more were stricken with cancer following radiation exposure. “The radiation leak has not stopped completely and our concern is that it could eventually exceed Chernobyl,” an official from operator Tokyo Electric and Power told reporters on Tuesday. The current level of radiation is at about 10% of what was emitted following Chernobyl, but it has not yet been contained.

Via Scientific American

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