Japan raises severity of nuclear accident (AP) – 441th Edition

This satellite image provided by Geoeye shows the Fukushima Dai Ichi nuclear power plant taken Thursday March 17, 2011. Japan reached out FridayMarch 18, 2011 to the U.S. for help in stabilizing its overheated, radiation-leaking nuclear complex, while the U.N. atomic energy chief called the disaster a race against the clock that demands global cooperation. ((AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Image)MANDATORY CREDITAP – Japan’s nuclear safety agency raised the severity rating of the country’s nuclear crisis Friday from Level 4 to Level 5 on a seven-level international scale, putting it on par with the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979.

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