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1st Gear: Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the deadly quake and tsunami crisis. The international nuclear agency said a fire in a storage pond for spent nuclear fuel at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex had released radioactivity "directly into the atmosphere." How bad is it? At the front gates to the facility, radiation levels jumped to ten times normal radiation exposure levels for one year. Yes, I'm now officially scared. I've been pretty much watching NHK World and this Tokyo geiger counter web cam non-stop.