March 14th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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  1. Holly

    Anderson, what is happening to the sea water that are using to cool the reactors...is it being flushed back out to sea full of radioactivity? As I recall, that was part of the problem with 3-Mile Island disaster. Thanks for your great coverage of every disaster that comes our way...you are one busy guy!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  2. karen

    My prayers go out to the families in Japan. I have been glued to CNN since all this began and Just feel so bad for all of you their in Japan...you need to stay safe too Anderson .....prayers from karen

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Toni

    At what point can they start containing reactor with concrete?When will wildlife and vegetation near power plant reveal true radiation exposures?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Again, like BP, those in charge sound like they didn't expect this to happen and aren't sure what to do about it.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Chi

    Evening AC and AC360

    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nina -"omg" defintely with this nucelar problem.
    I don't believe that the Janpanese gov. or the "specialilsts" know exactly what the situation is....this worries me greatly.\

    @Tom Foreman, thank you for such a clear explanation of how the Japanese nuclear plants function!
    If the "containment" is breached, what are the consequence?
    Jim Walsh has been incredibly helpful with his knowledgeable statements – not sensational statements that scare people. He keeps the info level.\

    Thank you Anderson for "teaching" us about the nuclear situation.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Mark Archer

    When the radiation levels caused by a leak in one reactor get too high, they will have to evacuate the personnel, and the other reactors will melt down. Very bad scenario

    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  8. sandi

    Great overview of reactor problem with those who can articulate in laymen's terms.Like a sequel to "China Syndrome"

    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Nancy in Oregon

    Good evening, everyone. Oh my, compounding disaster. Natural I guess, as all our systems are interconnected so if one realm is damaged, it dominoes on outward (and inward.) Still, so sad to hear more happening in Japan. I only hope we don't start to focus on blame-gaming here now instead of on empathy. I suppose it's a natural enough response, on the one hand, but which direction will best help (in the long term) to go in, I wonder. I don't know the answer.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Gupta may not understand what the people with geiger counters are doing, but it seems fairly straightforward. They are looking to see if the workers are covered with radioactive debris. If so, this would be an indication that the core has ruptured and a significant amount of radioactive material has been released. No, it won't tell how much radiation they have received, but they don't want them carrying radioactive material around and contaminating outside people and objects. See the film on Chernobyl.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Milton Knox TN.

    I believe they are hiding the truth about the actual reality of the power plant and the nuclear dangers I wish for all citizens to get away as far away as possible.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, Ohio

    How large an area would be affected if a worse case scenario happens? Would it affect the entire island?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  13. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    We should have found alternative energy by now. Nuclear power is too precarious and can be used for bombs.
    Why would they put nuclear plants in the ring of fire? WoW!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Dvaria

    I would leave Sindai and head toward Yamagata for safety not only because of the radiation from the rods but from the waste material stored there. It can spread 50 to 100 miles +

    March 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening everyone, hope you had a great weekend. Seeing the pictures from Japan is so surreal! It always amazes me with how nature can be so beautiful but so dangerous at the same time especially with something like this.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It sounds like a shortage in the large circuit.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Nina

    Jo Ann
    Hi Anderson and bloggers. Things are going from bad to worse

    I agree. We really have no way to contain an out of control reactor. It reminds me of Chernobyl

    March 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Glory, Hamilton, NY

    Is there a possibility of an explosion being strong enough to explode the other reactors? Will a meltdown and/or large explosion produce mushroom cloud high into the atmosphere?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Indira

    Anderson are you wearing any type of radiation monitoring device? It seems like there is a lack of clarity on potential radiation exposures in Japan right now.

    Thanks for your fabulous coverage! Keep safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Laurie

    So if these things blow will hawaii be in the path of the radiation?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Merl,Ohio

    On the first nuclear plant explosion did anyone pay attention or notice the neutron ring going into the sky ?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Krasi, Houston

    That's it! Information and education is the key and I hope we receive it in a timely manner. But I also hope that we are not needlessly frightened into hysterics and wearing gas masks.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    We don't know how long right now. Yes, That's so scary, Yes, There is possible be chernobyl, Yes.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Sue R. - Canton Mi.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Marc from Toronto

    Good evening Anderson.
    Great work as usual sir!
    My question is......
    What is it going to take for the Japanese government to admit they are in over their heads and need help!!!....The longer they wait....the worst it will get!!!
    But.....what CAN anyone else do to contain this???

    Thanks Marc from Toronto

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Tom Jenkins Melbourne FL

    Navy bases on japan are on lock down now because of the radation reaching all the bases, we want to know why the president isnt sending all ships and planes to evacuate all non essential personel, my sister and herbusband and there three kids are stationed there and they have a 1 month old baby that dosent need to be exsposed to radiation they need to get all our american familys out now.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Hi Anderson and bloggers. Things are going from bad to worse. Like with BP in the Gulf, I am concerned that we are not being told everything about what is really happening with the nuclear reactors.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Amanda

    Is there a chance of a large explosion with the melt down? God speed to all!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Last weekend, It was first blast and I think we don't know how long to cool down, it is meltdown right now,looks like fail.......

    March 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Merl,Ohio

    Our most sincere prayers go out to the people of Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Another blast at the nuclear power plant? Wow!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. What else can possibly happen to this poor country?! This is all too terrible to take in. I pray if there are any survivors left in the rubble they will be found soon and that the nuclear issue is resolved. I've just heard that an American team is on the way to help them in cooling down the reactors. Can't be a safe place to come into.

    Anderson and all please stay safe!!! Just leave if you need to.

    Yoko Ono said the Red Cross is still the best way to go for donations.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Krasi, Houston

    I was just a kid when Chernobyl happened, but one thing I vividly remember is that people were not so much frightened because of the nuclear catastrophe and resulting radiation; they were frightened because they didn't find about it until two weeks later. I think that with such disasters, it is important to remember that as long as we are informed, we can at least try to be cautious and not eat contaminated lettuce.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Vince

    Good evening everyone, AC and Team,

    Great to hear 2hrs live! The situation with the power plants is very worrisome... hope that it is containable with no harm to human life.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Nina

    The Japanese people are in my thoughts and prayers. Very sad for these people. China has already given Japan humanitarian aid. I understand the US, France and Germany is also sending humanitarian aid.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Shawn Louisville Ky

    does anyone know if this will turn into Chernobyl? i hope not.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Evening Anderson, Team 360 in the field with Anderson in Japan & those in studio.

    Hello, Nancy, Nichole, Megan, Emily, JoAnn, Mike, Casey, Nina, Heather, Sharon, everyone...

    Again, I am overwhelmed by the new. The vidoes coming from Japan are stonishing. Also concerned about the nuclear problems and what it may mean.

    Anderson, hope you will stay with coverage from Lybia.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson is in Japan, There is breaking news right now that new blast caused explosion at Nuclear Plant, Very dangerous, but not clear.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  39. david

    how long does it take to shut down these reactors? and r they shuting down all of them at these 2 sites?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  40. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hello and good evening. Such disaster. That video is horriffic! Worst disaster in my lifetime. So sad

    March 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  41. wayne

    Would be great if both Japan and other countries started to publish more information on real time radiation levels just the same way we have real time earthquake info. Seems like a lot of hand waving of 'above normal' coming out from a lot of people, especially in the wake of the latest blast in Japan. Can AC360 or CNN show people whats normal and whats not ?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Katie

      They do report it on NHK. That is,if you can understand Japanese. Supposedly, it's at 30 milli something (sorry I must have skipped that day in chemistry).

      March 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Nina

    omg Anderson... That looks like a rushing river. Unbelievable and terrifying

    March 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Nina

    Good Evening Anderson and everyone

    omg a 3rd explosion? This reminds me of Chernobyl

    March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  44. sandi

    Since u arrived, what was your most horrifying and most memorable experience?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Jana, Karyn, others and my friend Facebook/Twitter Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Hope you have great weekend! 🙂
    Happy Monday night!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Your coverage from Japan yesterday and today has been excellent. I'm glad to see you are on live for two hours tonight. The situation is so sad, though, and the nuclear explosions frightening–the uncertainty of it all.
    I hope you all stay safe!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Krasi, Houston

    Good evening everyone! I am certainly interested to see the take of the team of AC360 on the recent events in Japan. The attitude, behavior and reaction of the Japanese people is completely different from what usually takes place under such circumstances. When I was in Japan several years ago, one aspect of their culture that made an impression on me was their complete discipline and organization in anything. Watching the recent reports from Japan, I can see that same determination and reserve in the survivors’ eyes. It’s just amazing to me how they maintain such resilience and calm. They don’t need to be told to clean the debris, they just do it. They don’t need to be told to organize and help, they just do it.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Shawn Louisville Ky

    Good Evening Anderson and my fellow bloggers and everyone else.

    sad sad pics out of Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Dvaria

    there is drinking water in Yamagata Japan from the springs, its best to go there via route 48 before more nuclear blasts, they need to bus the survivors there as there is plenty of fresh water.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
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