March 14th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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  1. sabrina

    I'm wanting you to consult with 'someone' about nuclular 'waste' and leaks from the damaged plants into the waters of the Pacific.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  2. Krasi, Houston

    Someone needs to explain how nuclear reactors work and what happens to any leaking radiation because my fear is that people, especially here in the US, are going to freak out to the extreme. Japan is one country that knows the true devastation of a nuclear blast and has survived it once so I am sure they will be able to do so again.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  3. Nick

    1st off My condolences to Japan I cant imagine something like that here, but has anyone pointed out the world map of nuclear reactors compared with the faults and earthquake world map.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Vince

    The renuion with Paul and his family was very touching. Thank God he is alive...

    March 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  5. Rolland

    Shouldn't they be getting ready with helicopters to haul, & dump cement, to cover the whole thing up?
    If it melts down isn't that the only recourse, to cement & seal up everything?
    Thats what they had to do at Chernobyl? Bury it up & run away...
    The quicker it is sealed up after it melts down the better!!
    just my 2ents

    March 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  6. anna

    Hopefully the nuc.engs. will begin to use liquid nitrogen and nutron absorbing mats, like graphite and sand. Sounds like meltdown underway in 3!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Micheal Carter, once the control rods were inserted, the reactor can no longer achieve a chain reaction, or in the misused term, critical mass. The control rods were 'scrammed' into the reactor at the initial earthquake. The melting is due to residual heat from the nuclear fuel that lasts for days after it's shutdown.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Doug Fratianne

    To get people out of devasted area, why don't they use milatary anphibious landing crafts to get stranded people out and brought to a mother ship for safety from posible radiation and eventual safety in southern Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  9. victoria kc,mo

    do you all (reporters) have an exit plan-

    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Nancy in Oregon

    Su, I get the sense that many of the foreign reporters (like ours) are in some part of the character that war reporters and 'foreign correspondents' of old were: they would rather be where the thing is happening and get the story out, even though it's dangerous. It takes a certain kind of person to do that, as it takes to do almost any specific thing.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, Ohio

    That was a wonderful heartfelt reunion between Paul Faies and his parents! Thanks for showing it Anderson.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  12. Marius, Oradea,Romania

    What happened at Chernobyl was different,that was communist Russia, I don't think Japan could do the same thing with it's own people,actually they are being evacuated as soon as possible.The good thing is that the world is becoming more sensitive,since 91 countries offered their help to Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Sumit

    It's a given that the government and nuclear company will make it seem like everything's okay. Otherwise if people panic, it will make it worse. They might be keeping the people from the truth but if violence or chaos occurs because of it, it can cause extra unnecessary problems.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Paula, Colorado

    It's great to see a positive report from Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Rebecca- Dallas, TX

    I cannot help but contrast this disaster to Katrina, they are so different. I am very impressed at the strength and resolution in the Japanese people. There have been very few images of human despair, but rather images of determined people. Even those rescued are quiet and grateful. Incredible.

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

    Do you think they will tell us the real truth about these plants? I think not! They do not want to panic their people any more then what they are! Jan Urban

    March 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  17. felix

    i dont know exits some devices or alarms under the sea to advice a tsunami is in process, how much time to response

    March 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  18. Steve

    How is low-level radiation detected 300 miles away and this isn't a problem? Would someone explain this?

    At approximately 0700 local (Japan) time, 15 March 2011, sensitive instrumentation on USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) pier-side in Yokosuka, detected low levels of radioactivity from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. While there is no danger to the public, Commander, Naval Forces Japan is recommending limited precautionary measures for personnel on Fleet Activities Yokosuka and Naval Air Facility Atsugi, including:

    A. Limiting outdoor activities.
    B. Securing external ventilation systems as much as practical.

    These measures are strictly precautionary in nature. We do not expect that any United States Federal radiation exposure limits will be exceeded even if no precautionary measures are taken. We are continuing to analyze the situation and will update you as we learn more.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Roger

    If it does meltdown, will there be a huge explosion like Hiroshima or just radiation leaks over time?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson for a positive story from Japan re: the "reunion".

    My prayers are that there are Many More REunions among the Japanese people, as well as All Nations of people in Janpan.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Mary Ann

    So glad Soledad help Paul's parents connect. It means alot to parents especially when they are so far from them.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    As someone who has operated nuclear reactors, this situation is serious but not a disaster. It's not even close to Chernobyl.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Evening everyone:

    I'm so glad Dave asked about wife with American Worker who was working in one of the nuclear plants.

    Now, watching "breaking news" with teacher talking to parents live. I'm in tears!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Bob

    Please give dr. sanjay a geiger counter and make sure it stays calibrated and keep a technician nearby to make sure it's being used properly. Firstly, we want to know the reporters are safe and also we want to know first hand what the radiation levels are. I have a very bad feeling that the situation will get much worse.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  25. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    That reunion is nice but seemed a little akward live. I think they needed some privacy?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  26. Nancy in Oregon

    I was wondering about the female teacher too...but Anderson is addressing that case now. Thank you.

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

    Thats so touching watching this young man Paul talking to his mother and father for the first time since the earthquake. What a relief for this family! I know that their so thankful to CNN and crew.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That is truly a blessing for the family in Mich. to know that there son is okay! Good job!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Nina

    @ Michael Carrier
    Why is no one asking the network's nuclear experts about "Critical Mass"

    Excellent question. One must wonder what is being withheld?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  30. victoria

    does the govt have a plan in case the reactor goes to a worse situation then what it is now

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  31. fathi

    Wow. What a great moment joing this man with his family.Way to go.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Kevin from FL

    Is it possible to pump a concrete sludge into reactors to raise the water level up to the fuel rods?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Chi

    So happy for Paul Fales and his family 🙂

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Su from Fort Lee, NJ

    I was just watching CNBC in Asia and they just had the prime minister of Japan announce that the 4th explosion at the nuclear site in trouble has caused the micro sievert levels to increase to 100s of milli sievert level. They are encouraging evacuations of 20 km radius area and 20-30 km radius area residents to remain indoors...
    Under these circumstances, shouldn't all the foreign reporters GET OUT OF JAPAN NOW???

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Krasi, Houston

    @Nina "Japan is as progressive as any country in the world."

    That's certainly true. I don't think any experts can ever be prepared for what could actually happen. They can plan and they can apply safety measure, but in the end, it's just a matter of hoping that it all works out with the least amount of damage.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    This isn't the China Syndrome. The seawater than has been pumped in will keep the core covered. As long as the core is covered, it won't melt. Even if there has already been a partial meltdown, the containment vessel is intact.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Eric Royer

    Dr. Gupta, they're not examining the people for the dosage they recieved, and its not arbitrary. What they are looking for is Radioactive contamination...ie, very small radioactive particles, dust, whatever, that may have gotten on a person's clothes or skin. If they go too fast, they may miss something however. the instrument shouldn't be moved over a certain speed when passing over a person's clothing. You know, there's a nuclear carrier right off the coast...there's probably 500+ nuclear trained crew on board that would be happy to put things in Layman's Term's for you.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Joshua

    Watching ac360 now. Great story about Paul Fales. nice touch getting connected with his father.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    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?

    Yes, There is possible.... That will be cancer cause your lung..... Yes, There is also damage your body as skin as well, Also people wore mask against cancer as well.... Good question, Glory.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am really happy that people have found their loved ones, I pray that it can be a happy ending for the rest that are looking for theirs too

    March 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Don, California

    People seem surprised that the company owning and operating the plants aren't forthcoming with news. Can we remember BP?
    Stay safe CNN reporters. Our military being there is scary.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  42. Lori

    They use sea water and release it back into the ocean.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Christian Kaiser

    Hello Anderson from Northern Germany...

    Heard about the high risk of a existent leak in Fukushima I reactor core... I don't hope this is right

    Here in Germany our thoughts about using nuclear power seems to be somewhat different, especially after this quake..

    Simply, a very little air-race-plane could damage some of the old reactors here seriously, that's why were actually thinking about shutting off a lot of them...and if it's only for showing an example of getting rid of those plans successfully...

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Pat

    I applaud all of our American citizens trying to help but it's time to come home. Meltdown is immenent.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    @Rebecca Collier: re: experts to take over at the plants. I just heard within the last hour that they have asked for help from the U.S. and that a team is on the way to Japan to assist them in cooling down the reactors.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Nancy in Oregon

    They do, Jo Ann...powerful statement, isn't it, how well some people cope with trauma? I try to learn from it.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Nicole Netherlands

    Good Evening Anderson, Sanjay, Soledad, AC360 Team, Starr, Emily, Jo Ann, Megan, Sharon, Heather,Nancy, Mike, everyone!

    What a surprise to watch my favorite reporters last night

    Late on the blog, also trying to watch press conference on Japanese television...
    O how good to see this teacher! Good work CNN!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Tony Y

    With the outbreak of explosions on the nuclear power plants in Japan, no one is saying anything of the wind direction. Is the wind direction heading inland to Japan, Russia, and Alaska? And the possible fallout of radiation if possibly through rain and snow heading towards those areas?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  49. Chris

    I haven't heard anyone mention if the reactors have been shut down. Are they being shut down?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Milton Knox TN.

    Anderson thank you for your coverge tonight the whole world is holding it's breath and praying for all.. I am scared for all people that are within 100 mile radius they need to evacuate just for the fact that we are not being told the whole truth and radiation dangers if it does go chrynobol..

    March 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
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