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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. Steve Williams

    Anderson,
    Get out of there. Seriously. Be around to talk about the rest of the world's horrors. But right now, there's a big problem there and you need to get the heck out.
    Steve.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  2. Val - California

    Everyone... let this catastrophe join our world as one. The Japanese people have set an example of how we should all be and in their darkest hour even. God be with Japan and may we ALL pray and help our sisters and brothers in Japan. Peace, love, and support to all humanity on this ever dynamic planet...God Help Japan. xxxooo

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  3. Haytham Chahine

    May god bless Japan .. how we can help Japan ??
    Haytham from Egypt

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  4. Toni

    I've heard only of Cesium and Iodine mentioned in reports,when actually there are a number of other isotopes being released.Anderson,try to obtain a pocket dosimeter and geiger counter to moniter yourself. Have someone give you a crash course on how to use them!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  5. Marie

    Hello everyone....and Anderson, please stay safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  6. James

    Hi Anderson et all
    First my heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the devistation in Japan.
    With that said its too bad TEPC is so confusing about what is actually happening and why they did not listen at the onset when the back up generators failed.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  7. Pam

    Question:Good explanation of how the plant works and the cooling issue but can't they just shut the power plants down? Please explain

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  8. MaryBeth

    So...this could be a Three Mile Island or a Chernobyl.....Saturday they were saying this was no big deal...things sure went to hell fast.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  9. Mike

    Two questions. 1st- I live in Washington State and was wondering if the distance will reduce the effect of the radiation or will it still be enough to be of major concern? 2nd – If you can't get the potassiam Iadide tablets can we use iodine drops and if so what do we add it to?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  10. Merl,Ohio

    Aren't they all to be watched? There is no power to pump coolant to any of them. Automatically shut down for tsunamis and earthquakes. I think they are all going to have problems.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  11. Sue R. - Canton Mi.

    Goodnight AC360Team and fellow bloggers.

    Thank you for all the great information and comments tonight bloggers.

    Great coverage Anderson and crew.
    Stay safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  12. Krasi, Houston

    We need to realize that even if someone gives us information minute by minute, nothing really will change. They are working as best as they can at these reactors. If I was afraid that the government wasn't telling me the truth, I'd leave. And if I couldn't leave, then telling me the worst is about to happen won't really make a difference.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  13. Helen

    Megan Dressler-Shoreline, Wa
    I heard a report earlier that part of the problem is that the water is boiled off or turned to hydrogen so it seems it is not possible to keep enough water in there. Plus there appears to be a leak in the cintainment vessel.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  14. Tinatott69

    This is so devisttaing! My heart and prayers are going out to the Japan people. Be safe and careful Anderson!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  15. Tony

    What these pundits don't understand is that water is a great radiation shield. High levels of radiation indicate an uncovered core. Water will continue to be added and steam vented until the core is sufficiently cooled.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  16. philip

    Apparently getting worse instead of better.
    Is there anything they are hiding?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  17. Steve Williams

    Hi doll,
    Thanks for being there and helping us understand. But, let's get real. What's the consequence to Tokyo and the rest of the population when the nuclear plant "melts down?"
    Let's hear the real "worst scenario."
    Steve

    March 14, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  18. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Nichole

    Thanks for the clarification re: seawater.
    I truly appreciate it!

    Like you, i pray we don't get to the "pouring" of cement.

    How much of the land would be affected by a meltdown – do you know.
    Also refer to Kolya post @10:45 EST., very scary.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  19. Linda

    Well people I would say this whole Japanesse happening makes a great case of NO MORE NUCLEAR REACTORS!!!!!! Wind turbines or something equally sage but NO MORE Reactors. It was just a matter of time something as this would happen. And guess what folks. It is just a matter of time that a similar holocost happens here in the States. And it will

    March 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  20. Carolyn

    @phyllis wheeler – Yes, all the CNN Reporters and so many other Reporters are truly trying to help, in Japan... makes me proud too... and I'm Canadian.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  21. Daviad L.

    Who cares control rods. They're inert. What about the fuel rods (that also contain plutonium)? That's the issue.

    And what exactly is a "partial meltdown????" The millisecond before an actual meltdown? If fuel rods melt and deform, all control of the fission process is lost.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  22. Gordy McBride

    We need to know the meltdown scenario. How far will it reach? How fast will it travel through the gulf. We have to prepare for the worst. Have to deal with this Now

    March 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  23. Tony

    This is not Chernobyl and won't be. I've studied it and was around submerged in the North Atlantic when it happened. The latest news of high radiation is a strong indication of core damage.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  24. Carly

    Hi Anderson-

    Do you know anything about a fire at reactor #4 right now? I read about it on another news channel. Thanks.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    doug
    how many gallons per minute of water are required to keep fuel rods covered?

    I think maybe should half gallons on depends how much will be..... I don't know for sure right now. Good question.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
  26. Carolyn

    The new blast from the Nuclear Power Plant is very scary, but we must have Faith & Hope, and Pray that it will get under control, soon... be safe everyone... Prayers to Japan!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  27. phyllis wheeler

    my prayers are with everyone, be save americans you make me proud. when tradies happen, we all become one, thanks for every good thing you do.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  28. Nicole Netherlands

    @Betty
    "Anderson won't run away, he runs into the disaster. I've never seen anyone like Anderson Cooper."

    What a true comment, though I want everyone there to take precautions this time (!)

    March 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, Ohio

    It almost sounds like the authorities are not sure. They keep changing their stories.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  30. tabitha

    God be with you all and keep you all safe.such a sad situation.prayers are with all involved.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  31. elvy

    i wanna know what countries now are affected by this radiation,,we are worried here in the Philippines,whole day we are watching cnn,,and hey Anderson,you are brave!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  32. Jami

    I would be great to see a timeline of today's explosions and other developments. I keep seeing "Breaking News: Another explosion", but I don't know if it is the same explosion I heard about 2 hours ago or a new one.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  33. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Kolya – "Civilian workder @ a nuclear plant would only legally allowed to work....for 6 1/4 Hrs..... for the rest of the year!

    Thank you so much for your "technical" analysis of what may be going on in the Japanese nuclear plants.

    Very, very scary!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  34. Ed

    Hello everyone, isn't it strange that there are no animals to be seen after this earthquake. I see no fish,birds or any kind of mammals. How can this be. Did they no something was going to happen and they went the other direction.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  35. Sharon Hastings

    Anderson and Sanjay and all the rest of the team are amazing BUT please stay safe. I know CNN must have an exit strategy for you all and I hope you will use it if need be. You might feel safer farther away from the plant in any case. Has to be nerve wracking. I'm sure all reporters' families are very concerned that you're over there.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  36. Helen

    The Peter, Paul and Mary reunion makes me smile in all of this horror.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  37. Christopher

    California has two south of LA on the north side of Camp Pendelton and two just up the shore from Pismo Beach.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  38. Chris Topinka

    Is Japan scrambling to secure/improve their other reactors?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  39. Helen

    CNN...good news is one thing, but please keep your people safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  40. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    It's goning to be worse than Chernobly. Surely they won't rebuild those nuclear power plants. Surely. Or is madkind determinded to destroy themselves?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  41. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Anderson, you're reporting is great, but please go further away for you health. We care about you and your staff and the rest of the CNN crew.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  42. Vince

    AC and Team – be viligant in keeping abreast of the situtation with the nuclear reactors to also ensure safety of your own lives. I commend you for bringing us the live updates. Thank you.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  43. Nicole Netherlands

    @ Starr, you're question to Mike
    Those reactors can not be used again.
    This sea water cooling is a last resort effort.. after this it is pouring concrete if a total melt takes place. But that's what they are trying tot prevent with this sea water.

    I was thinking about the junk shot effort by BP to put a smile on my face. But this is really bad

    March 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  44. Chris Topinka

    What other reactors are located around the pacific rim or other active earthquake zones?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  45. JOHN RUNYON

    How many miles of coast destroyed? Iheard 3 to 6 miles indand how much coast line destroyed?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  46. Karen

    Great reporting – – please be save – don't get any closer to that neuclear plant than necessary – no story is worth it Anderson. Hope all the CNN staff present in Japan comes back home safe and sound. I do appreciate your going there to report back to everyone. Great job.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  47. myke--homosassa fl

    you keep flashing the fire in no. 4 but we have not heard anything about it? is this going to affect the usa?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  48. Beverley

    My son is in in Adachi-ward in Tokyo. He teaches English there. I am praying for him and all the people of Japan in this time of crisis. The people of Japan are amazing in their calmness and care for one another.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  49. Chi

    How far are AC and CNNers from the nuclear plant or those explosion sites? Please, stay safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  50. Carl shanahan

    Anderson, what about search dogs for finding bodies?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
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