Fukushima 'worse than Three Mile Island' - French nuclear watchdog

14th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Fukushima nuclear accident is "worse than Three Mile Island but not as great as Chernobyl," Andre-Claude Lacoste, head of France's safety agency, said on Monday.

The 1979 accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania rates five on an international scale of zero to seven, while Chernobyl is put at seven, the highest.

Japan's nuclear safety agency has estimated the accident at Fukushima at level four.

"We have the feeling that we are at least more than level five and probably at level six," Lacoste, who is head of France's Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), added.

"I say this after speaking to my Japanese counterparts."

© 2011 AFP

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