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Fukushima: the new Chernobyl?

It's official: the Fukushima nuclear disaster is as serious as the Chernobyl accident in 1986. That's according to Japanese authorities, who have just upped Fukushima to level 7 on the "disaster scale" - the highest rating, which only Chernobyl has ever reached. But the two incidents are very different, and the radiation leaking from Fukushima is currently thought to be only a tenth of Chernobyl levels.

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