Japan has raised the alert level at its crippled nuclear facility from four to five on the seven-point global scale for atomic incidents, placing it on the same level as 1979’s Three Mile Island accident and just two levels below the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, BBC reports.
This comes just as the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, arrived in Tokyo and warned that the nuclear crisis was a "race against the clock."
In the aftermath of last week’s tragic earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has seen explosions, fires, and damage to its overheated nuclear reactors.
For the second day, crews have been attempting to keep the reactors cool, while Amano said that four IAEA staff will monitor the radiation levels closely in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, people across the country held a moment of silence on Friday in memory of victims of the disaster which took place exactly a week ago.