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Japanese police officers wearing protective suits carry victims Friday while searching for missing people in Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The goverment on Tuesday ranked it’s nuclear crisis at the highest possible severity on an international scale.

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Japan equates nuclear crisis severity to Chernobyl

Japan ranked its nuclear crisis at the highest possible severity on an international scale — the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster — even as it insisted Tuesday that radiation leaks are declining at its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant.

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