It's far worse that '1'. The nuclear rating on this disaster is at a 4. Chernobyl was a 7 by comparison and they are close to upping it to a 5.
People already have the early signs of radiation sickness there, though not extremely bad yet. Today they said reactor 3 was giving off the highest levels of radiation yet.
It's going to getfar worse in my opinion, all the reactors have some form of problem, and they aren't able to fix them. Add to that no one's allowed near them now and to cool them they're flying helicopters with giant water bags over to dump on them.
The news really isn't playing this up, it may not be covering a huge area, but within that area is serious danger.
Just found this on the BBC news website:
Major release of radioactive material. Example: Chernobyl, Ukraine, 1986
Significant release of radioactive material. Example: Kyshtym, Russia, 1957
Limited release of radioactive material. Example: Three Mile Island, US, 1979, and Windscale, UK, 1957
Minor release of radioactive material with at least one death from radiation. Example: Tokaimura, Japan, 1999
Exposure in excess of 10 times the statutory annual limit for workers
Exposure of a member of the public in excess of 10mSv (average annual dose is 1mSv)
Exposure of a member of public above statutory annual limit. Minor safety problems