Japanese officials have now raised the event level for the Fukushima Dai 1 nuclear power plant from level 5 to level 7, indicating the severity of the situation at the plant. The announcement comes as fires were seen coming from the plant on Tuesday morning. The only other level 7 event was the nuclear disaster at the power plant in Chernobyl. The increase was due to a recalculation of amounts of radiation that have been released which now nears 10% of the total given off by the CHernobyl disaster. This report from NHK.

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