Japan is no Chernobyl, physicist says: Threat level upgrade is wake-up call but not a new crisis

Japan’s nuclear crisis is no Chernobyl despite its new ranking, a famed New York physicist said Tuesday.

Still, its threat level upgrade – from 5 to the maximum 7 like Chernobyl – should be a wakeup call.

“It’s incorrect to say that it’s on the same level as Chernobyl,” Japanese-American physicist Michio Kaku, a professor at the City University of New York, told the Daily News.

“Chernobyl represents the high end of the category. Right now Fukushima would be more on the low end – about one-tenth the level of Chernobyl.” Read More

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