a crisis of staggering consequence


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An unarmed RAF surveillance aircraft, operating in international airspace over the Black Sea, was fired on by an incompetent – or deranged – Russian pilot. The first missile failed to achieve target lock; the second fell harmlessly into the sea.

If either missile had worked as intended, we would have entered a crisis of staggering consequence. It is no exaggeration to say that it could easily have started World War Three;

Source: The Telegraph | Russia’s incompetent air force is one mistake away from sparking war with Nato

Does "consequence" mean "importance" or does it mean "result"?
  • When the word consequence is used with the meaning of "result", it is countable.

    However, "consequence" is uncountable, so it have to mean "importance", not result.
    What do you say?