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March 14th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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  1. Sharon Hastings

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse: thanks for your posts tonight with such good info. I feel better having read all of it. Do we know for sure that the containment vessel is intact????

    March 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  2. Carolyn

    Wow... there is so much debris, wreckage, and devastation in Japan, it's quite heart wrenching and so very shocking... Prayers to the Japanese people!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  3. Jan

    People don't realize the tremendous power of the 8.6 R(ichter scale)earthquake in Japan: the main island shifted by approx. 2.10 m anf the axis of the earth shifted by approx. 10 cm, scientists say.
    But I wonder in which direction these shifts took place?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Merl,Ohio

    @Kolya, Thank you for the perspective! All should take note of this!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  5. Stan Holland

    If one or more reactors blow could that create another plate shift causing yet another quake?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  6. shay

    Is there a way for them to freeze the nuclear plants? Would that stop the explosions? I live in saint louis missouri what kind of effect will it have on us?

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

    everyone just keep your prayers flowing with heavenly energy, prayer works.,

    March 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  8. Johnny

    Do you die right away if you are exposed to radiation???? Will it overcome the USA????

    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  9. David

    Are they bringing in the fire fighting tug boats from up and down the coast? They have huge pumps for pushing out high pressure salt water streams.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  10. Enzo

    The Japanese people are in a state of desperate emergency. Global help should be there within hours.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Nina

    Tidal wave (Tsunami) is such a misnomer! It gives the feeling of a single wave and not the understanding that the entire ocean for hundreds or even thousands of miles has elevated!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Christopher

    The doses that they are reporting as being so hazardous that operators had to leave are fairly common place in operating facilities – especially during refueling outages.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I can't even imagine how they will clean this up. Where will they put all of the debris?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  14. Sue

    I would much rather deal with fossil fuel and all that implies. At least if there is a global catastrophe the oil won't kill the people who are left here.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  15. Lori

    That is a lot of debris.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Tom-Syracuse New York

    Anderson..thank you so much for your heartfelt and humanistic reporting. I so value your courage and touching coverage of real people trying to survive...you help me to be grateful every moment for the gift of life. You are an inspiration....Thanks for your service...Tom

    March 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

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

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

    Guys,
    They already know.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  18. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Anderson – Always appreciate the reporters "round-table". It is always informative and helpful to put everyting into perspective.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  19. Doug

    They have lost all control of reactor 2.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  20. Scott

    If there are workers at the facility... are there deaths when the explosions happen or from the radiation?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  21. Pedro, Portugal - Lisbon

    I'm standing in CNN almost 24 hours a day. Such a tragedy that anyone of us have experienced in a lifetime. A dramatic experience that make us think that our day-by-day problems means nothing...

    A total tragedy...

    March 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  22. Dan

    Anderson, I recall that during Chernobyl they poured concrete over the plant from helicopters after the meltdown started. Is that something they need to wait for? Why can't they start entombing the plant in concrete now to try to avert a radiation leak?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Enzo

    enough is enough. please tell these people what is happening and give them a chance to survive. where is the global help and unity

    March 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  24. Ekaloa

    Dr.Gupta, why dont you give, medical info, what people should do in case of radiation exposure, before they reach medical help.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  25. cecilia

    my heart goes out to everyone affected by this disaster. take care anderson

    March 14, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  26. Kolya

    Just to put things in technical perspective.

    In one year a human being absorb a dose of 2400 microseiverts in background radiation. This works out to a dose of 1/4 of a microseivert per hour.

    After the recent explosion the measured radiation level was ~8000 microseiverts per hour which is 32,000 times the rate of natural background radiation.

    A civilian worker at a nuclear power reactor would only be legally allowed to work in such an environment for 6 1/4 hours before they would have to stop for the rest of the year!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Delana

      This is why every nation needs to invest in Wind Power & Solar Power.

      March 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  27. Sue

    If we have a pandemic (or something like that) and 50% or more of our nuclear plant supervisors are incapacitated and our nuclear plants are left unsupervised, how long will it be until they all melt down and those of us left here who don't know anything about controlling nuclear facilities have to deal with the fallout?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Krasi, I agree with you. You see the people waiting in line for food and water and they are no hurrying or yelling or scrambling to get in the front of the line. They wait patiently and orderly and if they run out of something they still wait patiently until it arrives and do not yell or scream at each other or the people helping them. I admire their strength through this

    March 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  29. Barbara Tolbert

    Can you confirm reports regarding threat of radiation reaching Tokyo in 10 hours

    March 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  30. Lori

    Probably no doubt that there will be residual health effects to the population in years to come. This is an accident of regional scale.

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

    Thank you Anderson, Sanjay, Soledad, Gary and all the AC360° & CNN Team in Japan, everyone is doing such a terrific job and you are all helping so many people to re-connect... God Bless everyone in Japan!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  32. Helen

    I saw a comment earlier about the containment vessel being intactin the reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant...it appears now it is no longer intact. It has infact been breached. What does that mean for the people in the area? In stead of trying to compare this to another nuclear accident the people need information about today so they can act accordingly. Sanjay and Anderson...you might want to hit the road or don some serious protective gear.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Susie

    we should all take behavior lessons from the Japanese. their respect for each other is incredible. puts americans to shame. what a difference in cultures.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  34. Sandra

    What is the risk of your guys being exposed tot he radiation. Hope you are in a safe zone.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  35. Glory, Hamilton, NY

    Just heard about explosion in reactor #4. I don't think this reactor has had problem before. How many reactors are there in the area? Will this be like a row of falling dominos? Will radiation amounts increase geometricly as more reactors are affected? Anderson, I wish I was again watching you on New Year's Eve, in Times Square, with you kidding around with your cohort! Stay safe!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Mary Ann

    To all the CNN team please be safe. This is not the usual catastrophe. Great info, reporting, video. Thanks for helping out families. But keep safe. This is hazardous to you all.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  37. Johnny

    If there is a meltdown will it affect the health of people in usa

    March 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Sue R. - Canton Mi.

    @Mike,formaly from Syracuse. You seem to have a lot of experience with nulear reactors. Could it be that their facing a situation that they have never had to deal with before and really don't have the answers as to what may happen? And could they handle another serious earthquake or tsunami which may cause a meltdown?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  39. Shamara Myers, Lynchburg, TN

    This is unbelievable. The pictures are so unreal. I pray the people will keep their faith, work together, and they can emotionally support each other.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  40. Merl,Ohio

    Have the Americans been giving food , water and medical supplies to these poor people or are we just looking for survivors?

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

    I agree with Gary. The dignity and patience shown by the Japanese people during this disaster is "cultural". If we could all treat each other with the same decorum this would be a better world.

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

    Eric Royer
    Chernobyl is still leaking!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  43. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @!Steve, as you know, once seawater was injected, the plant was written off. However, as bad as it is, it's still no Chernobyl.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Val - California

    God help Japan.
    World, we must go to Japan's assistance.
    Donate and volunteer.
    Pray.....
    Japan's overwhelmed and in shock, they need their world to be there for them in their greatest time of need.
    So very sad.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  45. Christopher

    Taking potassium iodide tablets just fill up your thyroid with non radioactive iodine so that additional cannot be absorbed. Iodine can only be released if there is ruptured fuel. It has an 8 day half life after the plant is shut down. It will be carried in the wind when the release gas build up from the reactor.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  46. lisa

    Brave. Brave people enduring this. Thank you to all reporters trying to make sense of this. I think it is time to evacuate Japan. Please remember you can text 30333 and write red cross to donate 5 bucks to the Canadian redcross or 90999 red cross to donate 10 bucks to American red cross. Way to go AC 360.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  47. virginia

    Anderson your coverage has been wonderful, the disaster is devastation. The power plant do you think they will do what they did in Russia with that power plant. What are they going to do with all the trash?

    March 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Abby,
    Good question, people wore mask cause by Nuclear reactor plant, some people will get sick or some people don't wear at all.... can be caught cancer to protect to spread people.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  49. JIM

    Anderson, find out how long does it take for the reactor to completely cool down, will it take hours, days, months or years.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  50. Rick

    I haven't heard anyone talk about what the endgame is here with these reactors? They can't pump sea water and release the steam forever, what exactly is the endgame as far as shutting this situation down????

    March 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
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