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From there we go -- -- to -- Where the government is now publicly acknowledging for the first time what the rest of the world already knew the country's nuclear disaster is among the worst ever.
Tokyo is just raise the assessment of its nuclear crisis on a scale of one to seven.
It's a seven the highest possible number.
It indicates a major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects something we've known for weeks.
But something -- down for the first time today only one other nuclear disaster is ever reach that highest level.
It happened in 86 at Chernobyl.
Japanese officials say a lot less radiation is leaked from the Fukushima plant then at the Chernobyl accident but radiation is still pouring from that plant in northeastern Japan.
And that means the disaster is getting worse each and every day.
Trace Gallagher with the -- -- West Coast news up.
They jump -- from five to seven finally on what grounds do they base this.
Level levels are all -- -- on how much radiation has already leaked out to after reassessing and retesting the scientists now say that Fukushima is not necessarily getting worse but the radiation that has already leaked out.
Is much worse than they ever thought take a look at the numbers here.
Because after crunching and they now believe that eighteen -- human nuclear power plant they have released about 110.
Of the amount of radiation.
As was released at -- noble but focus she -- is still.
Releasing radiation so therefore it could -- Chernobyl at some point in time that eighteen mile evacuation zone is still not been expanded despite the fact now they are finding dangerous levels of radiation 37 miles away from that -- Trace and our lawmakers today voiced some concerns about.
Nuclear safety in this country.
Yet the senate held a hearing today to talk about what happened in Japan as well as assess the safety in this country New York democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand asked the question why is it if we're telling Americans to say fifty miles away from the Fukushima power plant in Japan.
That the plan for the evacuation zone around the Indian point power plant.
North of New York City is only ten mile she said seventeen million people live within fifty miles of that plant.
But Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander reminded lawmakers nobody has ever died.
In a nuclear accident in the United States including Three Mile Island listen.
There's a lot.
Of information to learn from the Japan.
But it's important at the same time to recognize the safety record.
As that we have for this form of energy production in the United States -- keep it all in perspective.
Experts say because of policies politics and permits it would take about fifteen years to build another -- clad in the United States right now.
Trace Gallagher live and -- West Coast news -- Trace thank you.
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