March 14th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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  1. Kim

    Just watching your show live from Japan and everyone seems to be saying that the Japanese aren't answering questions, aren't giving straight information, etc. No one mentioned that the reason they act like this is because of their culture. They aren't Americans and don't act like Americans. Please delve into the culture of Japan and how this impacts their communications, etc. to find out why you aren't getting straight answers to your questions, especially about the nuclear plants.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Dvaria

    I live by 3 mile island and this situation in Japan is worst than that.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Paula, Colorado

    I know there has to be a calm and reasonable approach to the nuclear emergency–but I hope those who are informing the people about the danger are fully honest, too.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  4. lisal -canada

    i certainly hope there are a lot of reunion and success incidents that work themselves into the fabric of this story

    March 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  5. victoria

    my prayers are with you in japan –please all be safe

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  6. Joe

    A stupid layman's question. It's always the same problem. No water. Can't they build submarine power plants?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Sue R. - Canton Mi.

    It seems like we have been having so many more catastrophic events taking place around the world lately. My heart goes out to the people who are suffering in Japan. I admire the patience that they have with all that their having to deal with.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Chi

    @Glory 10:13 My God! The worst thing in Japan now i think is the consequences of this earthquake are so imagineable. It is shocking.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Michael Carrier

    Why is no one asking the network's nuclear experts about "Critical Mass" - the point at where a meltdown cannot be stopped no matter what is done or how much water they pour on it.

    It leads to the common nuclear term "The China Syndrome" where the core material melts into the earth and then there are massive radiation releases and theoretically explosions when the material comes in contact with ground water.

    It sounds to me like at least one, if not all, of these reactors are moving in that direction, with the second unit reactor already passed the saving point.

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

    Hi Anderson! Hi Everyone!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Even with all that has happened in Japan, the citizens of Japan seem to be enduring this tragedy with much dignity. I haven't heard about any crime and they appear respectful and caring towards one another.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  12. scott

    I was wondering if they are adding sea water to the reactor, will there not be a salt build up around the core?

    thanks scott

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  13. anna

    Why aren't they trying to cool the reactors with liquid nitrogen?

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

    Conflicting reports. How can everything be okay if #1: 3 explosions at power plant
    #2: USS Ronald Reagan moves farther AWAY from site
    #3: 17 military exposed to elevated radiation levels
    #4: Potassium Iodide tablets being distributed
    #5: All personel evacuated from Power plant except 50 workers
    #5: France recalls their ambassadors
    But dont worry, everything is okay

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Nancy in Oregon

    I can't imagine waiting to hear, as people do in these situations-is my loved one even alive? The reunions must almost hurt as much as they feel good.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Nina

    Starr, formerly known as vincent
    "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.

    It reminds me of Russia and how they were fighting to contain Chernobyl until the radioactive plum traveled all over Europe. I don't think any country knows how to contain nuclear reactors once a situation like this is occurring. Japan is as progressive as any country in the world.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Leia

    Just want everyone in Japan to know our hearts go out to them in this crisis. Stay strong, stick together and rebuild even stronger.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Roger

    Question for Anderson? Aren't the workers at the nuclear plants in real real danger from radiation? How many are there working?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes, I agree... That would be more worst than before, I know it is very bad timing right now. I hope it will be over soon.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Don R

    Do we know the lapse period between earthquake and tsunami?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  21. William

    There was a third nuclear reactor blast, correct? I've been trying to filter out legitimate, current news online from rumors and false reports.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Krasi, Houston

    In school, we had to watch a movie on what went wrong in Chernobyl for the reactor to explode and the short version is this: all that could go wrong, went wrong. Nuclear plants have many safety mechanisms that back-up each other, but when all these fail and you have humans making errors, the disaster is inevitable.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    Exactly, Heather. Some of life brings things we simply cannot truly 'prepare for'. We just have to navigate it the best we can, when it comes.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  24. Amy

    Hello Anderson,
    Has anyone noticed that there appears to be no looting and vandalism of businesses remaining? The Japanese are waiting in long, long lines and then going to another long line for the next thing they can try to get. What a lesson in civility in the midst of utter hopelessness!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Mary Ann

    How quickly can the authorities move the citizens? This is sounding worse with every hour that goes by.
    Need to move all from that plant area and surrounding 50KMs.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Cheryl

    Anderson, I am watching your live show and my husband and I noticed the same thing, it seems you are nervous, which would be totally understanding.
    Where you are broadcasting from does not seem far enough away from the Nuclear plant. Be Safe. My thoughts and prayers are with those in Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  27. George


    If sea water is going into the primary cooling loop, aren't these normally closed loops? This in itself would be indicative of something amiss. This would then lead to the question of where is that water running off to?


    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Rebecca Collier

    Do we not have nuclear experts to take over "managing" the er at the plants? Obviously those in charge there now are in over their heads, and or incapable of handling the dynamics of this issue. Experts who can manage it need to step up to the plate.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Susan

    Anderson and all, time to get away from the radiation and come home!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  30. John, IL

    Anderson, the CNN team is doing a great job out there so appreciate all the hard work. I think it would be nice to get more information on the brave workers in the damaged nuclear power plant. It's amazing they have stayed to the last minute to try and save the plant and their country. Truly, these are honorable and brave people.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  31. marty

    like any other modern nation the truth is as well hidden as the facts themselves.my heart goes out to the people of japan

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Sharon Hastings

    @David: regarding how long it takes to shut down these reactors. I don't think we are getting good info on these reactors but I think I heard that it could take "months" to cool down these reactor cores using the seawater. The problem apparently is that the water then boils immediately because the cores are so hot and then they have to vent the vapor but the vents in some were stuck or not working and the pressure builds.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Connie Derrickson

    Just a note of appreciation to all the news reporters there in Japan. You are all doing a wonderful job of letting us know what's happening up to the minute. Thank you Anderson for 2 hours tonight. Stay safe and god bless.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  34. robert Menna

    Since we now have robots that clean our homes on the market and effective. Is it not impossible that there would not be robots in a nuclear plant? SImilar to ones nasa would use?? Wouldn't they be an easy vehicle to mount a camera on? Would someone ask the question if there are cameras in the reactors? if so, who has acess to the footage? Is that how the government is determining their actions? No Fluff, get to the heart of the matter .

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Abby

    I'm worried about what they do with the water after the cooling process... once the water has warmed and they have to change water, isn't the contaminated water going to poison whatever IT touches?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  36. dave primmeau

    one of your reports early on in this disaster included an interview with the american wife of an american worker in this nuclear plant who didnt hear from her husband,,,,, any news on him?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Nina

    Very Sad situation with Japan. First the enormous Earthquake, then the Tsunami and now potential Radioactivity....

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Vince

    Oh my God not a number 4 nuclear reactor blast. Do they have enough workers checking all the plants simultaneously to be sure that all the nuclear recators at all the plants are under control?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  39. sandi

    You and Sanjay make quite a duo!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Nancy in Oregon

    So true, Heather. The juxtaposition of beauty and destruction is surreal.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Merl,Ohio

    Most nuclear plants are built by a large water source to cool the reactor. At one time or another, is not the water used for cooling reintroduced to said water source? Is it contaminated with radiation?

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

    would it be possible to use liquid nitrogen to help cool the reactors, it seems that a supercooled liquid by itself or mixed with water could help cool the rods faster

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

    @Milton Knox TN., "I believe they are hiding the truth about the actual reality of the power plant and the nuclear dangers"

    That is exactly what I think.

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

    I keep hearing that Japan was so prepared for something like this, but you can only pepare so much for what you think may happen until it happens and you find that you are not as prepared as you think. It is scary to think about

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

    They are issuing radiation suits out to active duty solders stationed in Japan so the radiation is a lot worse than what the governments are telling us............

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  46. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I'm impressed by the clarity and and quality of the feed from Japan. Wow.

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

    it's going to meltdown. Saw scientist at NASA talking about that on facebook. It's not a matter of if but when. 🙁

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  48. Nina

    Exactly how far are these reactors from Tokyo?

    Stay safe Anderson and Dr. Gupta

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  49. Glory, Hamilton, NY

    They are taking radiation exposure on people's clothing and skin but what about the radiation that people have been breathing in? Won't this cause damage in their lungs? Lung Cancer?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  50. maria Lynn

    Anderson, It is very sad to see all of the footage from Japan. The Survivors seem to be calm.I am worried for all of the responders in that the issue with the Nuclear Plant seems to be getting worse. I say EVACUATE now! Risk is there!!!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
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