On the 26th of April, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant n the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine) suffered a nuclear accident that rated a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale, rated as a “Major Accident.” It was the only peacetime nuclear event ever to be given the highest rating.
Until today, when Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency announced that they would be raising the rating of the Fukushima nuclear crisis to a level 7.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant suffered at the hands of the category-9 earthquake that struck the Sendai region of Japan last month. Since then, engineers have been working nonstop to minimize the danger the plant could cause, including the leakage of radiation.
But even this morning, April 12, another fire was reported at the power plant after another offshore earthquake and subsequent tremors rocked the Japanese coast again.