Japan has now upgraded its month-old nuclear emergency to the maximum, seven, on the international scale of atomic crises. This places it on a par with the Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago. The reassessment to a “major accident” with “widespread health and environmental effects” was based on the total radiation released, though this is so far one-tenth that of Chernobyl.
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A week ago, Japanese officials believed that the biggest threat at the plant was another hydrogen explosion. “But now, when we take a big-picture view of the plant, the biggest threat is definitely aftershocks and tsunamis,” said a senior government official, who asked not to be named. The country has experienced more than 400 major aftershocks stronger than 5.0 in magnitude since March 11.
Embedded in a cell phone or in accessories such as rings, bracelets or watches, the novel tools aim to make it easier to manage hypertension. But they must still pass several tests before hitting the clinic.