March 14th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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  1. Krasi, Houston

    They know that yelling and complaining won't do them any good. We should all learn from them. SO many are ready to point a finger, complain and yell because we are so used to taking things for granted and wanting them the minute we need them, regardless of the situation.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Jacoby Alas

    God, this is the greatest mess I've seen in my life!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  3. Scott

    If they say 30 (double it) Plug back Anderson

    March 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  4. tom

    Anderson..You are amazing–your heartfelt reporting and touching human spirit bring such a heartbreaking reality to what is happening in Japan. Thanks to you and your team...you inspire me deeply..on a superficial note–great jacket...tom

    March 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  5. Victoria Minutolo

    BTW NHK says in the "stay inside" zone if you have laundry out, do not bring it in. Has something already happened?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Chi

    🙁 Praying for Japan

    March 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Nina

    The Japanese has always been a culture that prides itself in dignity. They are certainly demonstrating that now. I applaud their courage and the way they are handling this catastrophe.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  8. bruce blamer

    My heart crys for those people in JAPAN BRUCE BLAMER

    March 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  9. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @JoAnn & Nancy re: Japanese reaction.Japanese culture is very "reserved" They are a very organized culture which helps in crisis like this.

    @BettyAnn, TX – re: building nuclear plants on the "ring of fire" – I AGree totally- not good planning.

    @Sharon Hastings- my concern is the use of seawater. Seawater is "corrosve" to the nuclear reactors. Consisten use of seawater concerns me.

    @JoAnn i too want to know the "bottom line" if the containment facility fractures – then what?

    @Heather – you are right. We can try to build anything to resist catastophies – however "mother nature" is unpredictable and strong!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  10. Ekaloa

    is there any way to kill these nukes before they explode

    March 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  11. Himanshu

    Anderson,Sanjay Get out of there please. right now. forget the reporting. We want to see you back. Get away

    March 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Amy

    I just ask that everyone pray for Japan. I studied abroad at Sophia University in Yotsuya and was recently accepted at Tohoku University in Sendai. I don't even know if the school is there anymore. I know the Japanese people are strong and can persevere. We need to work as a global community to ensure that Japan's future is a secure one.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  13. john

    Thank you, Anderson and CNN crew for your (as usual) great reporting and video. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese people in this terrible catastrophe.

    Hopefully, nations and citizens around the world will come together to help in whatever way they can.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Jamie

    Hi, I was wondering how close are you to the Nuclear Reactors? If you are somewhat close have you or any other of the reporters been given the Potassium Iodine ( KI ) To be on the safe side? I have been watching CNN nonstop since this has happened and am wondering about the safety of everyone over there reporting and if you have been given anything.... I am biting my nails at this and am in total shock of the whole situation and give my deepest sympathy to everyone in Japan.

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

    Please take that iodine to protect the thyroid gland... Sanjay, Anderson, and all the CNN Team!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  16. Christopher

    They didn't detect 'radiation' they likely detected airborne releases from the reactor – which would be contamination. You also cannot detect how much radiation someone has received with a geiger counter – if you can then they are already dead from neutron exposure, which is not happening since the rods are full in.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  17. Milton Knox TN.

    hi joann thanks however all that water that is cooling those rods is contaminated water it all ready is a pre chyrnobol and it will be to late if it has a meltdown the cloud that comes off of it will kill all people who have lived thru quake and tsnamis...god bless all and leave please.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Lori

    Evacuation of the area is the only valid plan for radiation.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  19. Rebecca- Dallas, TX

    I agree! Please let this be about Japan, and not turned around into a story about America. Nothing is making sense re the nuclear situation. Reporters are there, including AC, some with masks, some not, maybe evacuate, maybe not. I'd get the heck outta there! Smoke and pollution is in the air period.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Carolyn

    My heart brakes for all of the people in Japan... be safe, everyone... the world cares.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  21. Shawn Louisville Ky

    Good Night Anderson and Everyone else. I can not take the sad news any more. First Lybia and now Japan. May God be with everyone in the world. Sanja and Anderson please stay safe and leave if things become worse. Please keep the people of these two countries in your prayers. 🙁

    March 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  22. Helen

    I agree with Krasi, Houston. We need an honest assessment. Will staying indoor really keep people safe from radiation? I don't think so.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The biggest need right now is for someone to calmly and clearly explain the facts, the possible outcomes, and the impacts if those outcomes occur. Right now there is just panic, and a lot of wild speculation.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  24. lisal -canada

    the japanese military search and rescue teams have such a sad aura about them as they are walking through the miles of rubble and destruction – i wish them the courage and strength to continue to carry out their missions and to stay strong and courageous as they are so consumed with dealing with the destruction of their country and countrymen

    March 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Ekaloa

    great report AC, keep your self safe to report all these happening there.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Lori

    I think that under normal conditions, the sea water does not actually come into contact with radiation. The water is used to absorb heat from the reactor.

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

    @Krasi, Houston
    I don't think any experts can ever be prepared for what could actually happen.
    I agree. Nuclear reactors are very dangerous for everyone. There is never an absolute for their containment

    March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Krasi, Houston

    @Marius, Oradea,Romania: I agree. People should stop comparing the current situation in Japan to Chernobyl. Just because there is a nuclear plant involved, we shouldn't just lump the two events together. Chernobyl was worse because no one knew it was going to happen and prepare and no one knew it happened and took precaution.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Merl,Ohio

    How are these poor people supossed to stay indoors when they have no house anymore?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Doug Fratianne

    Why don't they use military amphibious landing crafts to pick up the stranded people and bring them to a mother ship and eventualy safety at a southern Japanese port so refugees are not in area of radiation.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  31. Janis

    Hope somebody is tracking the clouds of radioactivity. It can go very high in the atmosphere and be carried a huge distance. Where is the drinking water coming from? Lots of questions. Children shouldn't be anywhere around there.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Su,From: Fort Lee,NJ

    Under these circumstances, shouldn't all the foreign reporters GET OUT OF JAPAN NOW???

    They already know that, They will get out soon when panic over. I agree with you.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Nick, Lima-Peru

    Hi, everybody!
    What will happen if all nuclear power plants explote? What are japanese people doing to prevent a big disaster?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Nancy in Oregon, "powerful statement, isn't it, how well some people cope with trauma? I try to learn from it."

    I realize that it is still early, but I am very impressed so far with the way the Japanese citizens are conducting themselves. I don't know if I could handle something like this as well.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Roland, what they need to do is introduce a continuous supply of water to the core. That will prevent any more melting. Unlike Chernobyl, this plant has an intact containment vessel. This is not a Chernobyl scenario yet. More like Three Mile Island, which had partial melting without a major release of radiation.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Carolyn

    All of the information coming out of Japan though CNN is truly amazing... thank you everyone!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  37. anna

    Both neither, Could be worst ever nuc disaster 4 reactors need to be controlled. Cherynoble was only 1 reactor. Prayers and thoughts to the 50 heroes in the plant.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  38. Steve in Burlington Ontario

    The current on-going situation being so very fluid, and our collective "need to know right a way mentality" puts everyone on highest alert. I come from an Energy Background and have family members who have been responsible for both design and management of Nuclear Power plants here in Ontario.
    The culture in Japan is very different from that here in North America. Transparency can been thought of as weakness and a fault in character.
    The regulators and government officials find themselves now in a very unfamiliar and very uncomfortable position; in need of help and even more so, a way to reach out to those who can help and not 'judge or accuse' and to be able to balance this with the utmost diplomacy which will allow those who are in charge to retain a sense of "face and honor" in the light of this very complex problem.
    Time is unfortunately the one element that no one has control over and if in deed the plant suffered a fatal injury Friday we need to accept, stop the denials and formulate an exit strategy that will address the problems without complicating the issue in politics or posturing.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Cody

    Cheryl, you bring up an important observation. Given how the workplace works, I am sure if someone wants to keep their job they have to report to where they are told and now it is in a radioactive environment. I don't care how much the exposure is downplayed, just think of all the precautions that are taken when someone does get a ct scan, radiation treatments, even dental x-rays. The analogy of the exposure being compared to less than a ct scan is underestimating our intelligence. That might be true if someone were to walk into the area and walk right back out, never to be exposed again. How feasible is that on an island smaller than California?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Krasi, Houston

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, Glad to see that someone is providing information that doesn't cause people to become "crazy with fear".

    March 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Helen

    Good evening everyone – I am so afraid for the people around the Fukushima Daiichi nulcear power plant. How can they posiibly be safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Abby

    Why are some people wearing masks and others not?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  43. Rebecca- Dallas, TX

    At Krasi in Houston: Exactly! No images of waling people, hollerin' and carrying on. Real people. With manners, in this most HORRRRIBLE disatser. Even the images of the people with missing children and family are calm and resolute! What a prideful people.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  44. Camille

    Anderson, I have been watching you for years. I am extremely concerned for all people of Japan. My Dad was a research scientist. Ground zero is 50 mile radius. People must be evacuated. What is the Japanese gov't thinking. The quake and tsunami were bad, but these nuclear reactors will make this land useless for 100+ years. You can recover from quake and tsunami, you just have to leave if these reactors blow. This is very serious, this is something that will affect not just Japan but Hawaii, and depending on East-West winds, no telling how many more millions.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  45. Joseph W Verdon

    I am a retired fire Capt. Haz Mat, First get all people that could be exposed to Radiation Iodine Tablets ASAP according to weight. To stop Thyroid gland from shutting down, second salt water use large Hose on Fog Stream keep a steady Fog Stream of Salt Water over the area, to lessen Radiation sickness, Time Distance and Schielding ,Concrete, Sand ,Steel good for protection , Distance from area, monitor wind direction,Iodine tablets work better before you are exposed but you must use proper dose related to your weight. God Bless Collapse check stair wells, under desks, V shape collapse check sides, lean too collapse check sides, listen and bang on pipes, pancake collapse everything comes down but people can survive if they are under a strong pice of equip. or furniture , Wear Mask to avoid contamination ,

    March 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  46. Jim

    If things get bad there,do they have a way of getting you out fast,and what do you folks do for Lodging, food, and water

    March 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  47. Frances

    I live in Hawaii. Is there a threat of radiation reaching us? Would our gov't be any more forthright with info than their gov't?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  48. Merl,Ohio

    I would like to know how thee poor people could go into or stay in their houses when their houses are not there anymore? America take note of nuclear plants.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  49. Eric Royer

    To ally everyones fears, even if these severely melt down, it won't be as bad as Chernobyl. Chernobyl's RBMK-1000 reactor had a HUGE graphite moderator (material designed to slow down neutrons produced from fission, to they can be absorbed and cause more fissions) which caught on fire when the lid of the reactor blew off in the explosion. The ash from this fire is what spread radioactive debris so far and wide.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Carolyn

    Soledad and Anderson... the interview with Paul was just so beautiful, he got to talk to his parents in the U.S.A.... Wow, So Very Moving!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
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