“Underestimating the Seriousness of the Problem”: Experts Urge Japan to Raise Nuclear Alert Level and Evacuate Wider Area

(Democracy Now!) The Japanese nuclear crisis worsens as Japanese authorities race to cool the overheating reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. Earlier today, Japan raised the nuclear alert level at the crippled plant from a four to a five, on par with Three Mile Island. This decision has shocked many nuclear experts. “Our experts think that it’s a level 6.5 already, and it’s on the way to a seven, which was Chernobyl,” says Philip White of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in Tokyo. We also speak with Dr. Ira Helfand of Physicians for Social Responsibility about the long-termhealth effects from radiation exposure from Fukushima.

Watch Video here [includes rush transcript] : http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/18/underestimating_the_seriousness_of_the_problem

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