March 18, 2011 / 9:35 AM / 9 years ago

Japan raises incident level at nuclear site - IAEA

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 4 reactor (C) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power

VIENNA (Reuters) - Japan has raised the incident level at a disaster-hit nuclear power reactor, the U.N. nuclear watchdog reported on a monitoring website on Friday.

The entry gave the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi site a level 5 rating, up from level 4 previously on a 1-7 scale.

That would suggest a level of seriousness on par with the Three Mile Island accident in the United States in 1979.

Reporting by Fredrik Dahl and Sylvia Westall

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