Japan upgrades nuclear emergency to Seven

Japan officials have upgraded the nuclear emergency to the maximum 'seven' on an international scale of atomic crises; the first time since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 that a nuclear accident has reached the maximum crisis level. The changing of grading, now described as a "major accident" with "widespread health and environmental effects" puts the Fukushima power plant on a par with what was the world's worst ever peacetime nuclear event 25 years ago at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.

Japan Devastated by Earthquake Tsunami

The magnitude 8.9 offshore earthquake caused massive waves; some up to 10m high to slam into the eastern coast of Japan, washing away boats, cars, homes and people; infact anything in its path and causing widespread fires to burn out of control.