Japanese officials struggled to explain why it took them a month to disclose large-scale leakage of radioactivity from a crippled nuclear power plant after a disastrous mid-March earthquake and tsunami. The government increased its rating of the severity of the Fukushima nuclear accident from 5 to 7, the worst on an international scale. Since the quake, Japanese authorities have been consistently suspected of incompetent data analysis and blocking release of information to avoid alarming the public.
Information on crippled nuclear plant trickled out
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