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Toll from Japan disasters tops 6,900

Toll from Japan disasters tops 6,900

POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 1:59pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 2:14pm

The World Health Organization says radiation levels in Tokyo from Japan's crippled nuclear plant are increasing, but still aren't a health risk.

The group doesn't see any reason to ban travel to Japan because of the nuclear crisis.

Japan's nuclear safety agency says it's raised the severity rating of the country's nuclear crisis after discovering evidence of a partial meltdown.

The agency says officials declared it a Level 5 event after they realized that at least 3 percent of the fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had been severely damaged.

Japan's police agency says more than 6,900 are dead and more 10,700 are missing after last week's earthquake and tsunami.

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