Amid large aftershocks and fears of nuclear contamination rocking eastern Japan on a daily basis, it was the last thing anyone in the country needed to hear on Tuesday: that the crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant 240km northeast of Tokyo had been upgraded suddenly by two notches from five to seven – the highest level on the International Atomic Energy Agency scale – on par with the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown disaster.
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