March 14th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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  1. Carolyn

    Thank you AC360° Team for the many great things that you all do... Good Night, Everyone!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thanks Nicole.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  3. philip

    Hi AC:Tell us the worst scenarios. How will countries in Asia and West Coast of US be affected if the worst happens? What level of radiation can be expected?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  4. sharon

    anderson, what kind of valve did not work properly? Where is it in relationship to the core? Thanks.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  5. dan

    As a former navy nuke (SSBN636 – Blue Crew) I would say "Anderson – move out!" Ask the weather guys at CNN where the winds are going, then go the opposite direction *fast*. The scenario we see unfolding is the *worst case* situation described to all nuclear power students. GET OUT.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  6. Ed


    Looks like it is time to get out. Safety first!!! By the time the truth gets out it could be too late for you and your crew.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  7. Nicole Netherlands

    Good Night Anderson and crew, Starr, Jo Ann, Emily, Jo Ann, Megan, Sharon, Heather, Nancy,Gloria, Val, Mike, everyone!

    I am praying all crew are safe.
    My heart goes out to the people in Japan (and Libya)
    Please let this total nuclear disaster be averted (!)

    March 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  8. Barbara

    I'd like to compliment the members of this blog. All of the comments I've read so far are civilized. Just had a bad reminder that many blogs are anything but civilized. I was reading comments on a blog that was a real insult-a-thon. Seemed particularly inappropriate during this terrible time for Japan. Also, great interview with the English teacher.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  9. Name*Lourdes Lopez

    The Japanese government needs to get it together and inform everyone what the real situation is at the nuclear plant.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  10. Janis

    Everyone should be evacuated from the area. No one should listen to the nuclear reactor company – error on the side of caution until the company has it totally under control then you can listen to them. Too unhealthy.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  11. Christopher

    We need to continue to build nuclear power plants here in the USA – the newer designs are even safer than what is in place now, which are very safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  12. bety

    Get out of there everyone from CNN, we have satelites to see images, we don't need to sacrify people!

    ... and you don't help anyone, you just kill yourselfs !


    March 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  13. Dan

    What would be a fallout if the containment was breeched

    March 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  14. Renard Dufresne

    That simple diagram of a reactor vessel had a cut away to depict the fuel rods. Also on the scrolling marquee the control rods being exposed is not the issue just the fuel rods.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  15. Geoff

    Hello Anderson. Our hearts go out to everyone in Japan. Besides the devastating effect of Nuclear meltdown on the Japanese people could you discuss the implications of atmospheric radiation leaks coming to the west coast of the US on the air currents and the possible effects?

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

    Stay safe Anderson, Gary, Sanjay and the 360 crew.

    Great show tonight!

    Good night Emily, Mike, Starr, Nancy in Oregon, Nicole, Casey, and Megan.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  17. Vince

    Many many prayers for the people of Japan -much comfort and strength.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  18. Damion

    I'm a nuclear power engineer. Worked at a BWR plant for years. How are they pumping seawater into the unit if they have lost all power? The reason they are in this critical situation is they lost the power required for the pumps to complete the cooling process.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  19. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    The sea water and living sea creatures will be affected for many years to come. And what will the future of Japan be? Will the wind blow the radiation to the California coast? Should we be ready if it does.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  20. Carolyn

    @Dan – Prayers for your Son in Misawa Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  21. Nicole Netherlands

    @Val, thanks for your responce
    I am happy they are going.(!)
    I want them around bringing the world's news to us for a long time!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I think it was a good idea for Anderson, Gary, Sanjay and their crew to leave early. Better safe than sorry.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  23. Andy

    Did you guys leave because of the radiation scare? the show is no longer live

    March 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  24. Chris Topinka

    This is our opportunity to learn how to become transparent about our current and proposed nuclear facilities and encourage participation in their operation and development.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  25. Lori

    Good night Anderson and Everyone. Stay safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  26. Dan

    Anderson, what is worst case for the spread of radiation I have a son in Misawa Japan and was worried about him.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  27. Chi

    God bless Japan. Hope AC and CNNers stay safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  28. Ken Sobel

    First, thank you for your great coverage. I was wondering why the Japanese authorities did not bring in new generators to power the reactor pumps, when the back-up generators failed.
    Ken Sobel
    Costa Rica

    March 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  29. Donnie H.

    I live in Southern California. I'm really worried about the effects of the radiation, if there is a meltdown at that Japanese plant, across the U.S. Pacific Coast. Is the U.S. government prepared for what may happen?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  30. kathy

    Praying for Japan. From Shreveport, Louisiana

    March 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  31. Val - California

    Thanks for update Nicole, this is getting very scary. I hope AC and Sanjay get out of there quick. Keep us updated...

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

    The plant were all shut down immediately after the quake. Control rods inserted, plant sufficiently poisoned. What they are dealing with is the residual heat after shutdown. The longer this goes with out major incident (ie Containment rupture)the plant will cool further.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  33. Dvaria

    @Steve Williams Let's hear the real "worst scenario."

    It is unknown, thats the worst scenario. That is why we are getting run around answers. This has not happened before to this extent.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  34. Carolyn

    The reunions are so very beautiful... I love the story of Paul Fales and his Parents, Peter & Mary... Wonderful!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  35. diane

    Stay safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  36. Doe Jon

    Get out now Anderson!!! They are not giving you reliable information as you are saying! Look at all the pictures, and videos. The radioactive dust is going thousands of feet in the air! It's heading straight for them. Get them out, the Japanese are not telling them the truth! If they do not leave, and get out of the direction of the wind, the radioactive material will fall right in their laps. THEY WILL DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH. The radiation is extremely high, and this is about to go critical.... Good luck as this will be the last warning...

    March 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    I'll say good night for now and my thoughts and prayers will be with everyone there. Thanks to bloggers tonight for great comments and much information. Wish we had the real scoop.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  38. Dale

    Will be traveling to Hawaii this week. Will the wind blow the radiation in that direction? Should We be concerned?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  39. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point, I think so..... I hope it will be change, I don't know why they are working on right now, but it is not safe for sure. Yeah, That will be possible cause leak, if water is not enough, will explosion spread as fast.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  40. Christopher

    Partial meltdown – some of the fuel cladding melts.
    Total meltdown – most of the fuel cladding melts.
    Regardless, fission has ceased, the reactor cannot 'explode'.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  41. Elizabeth

    First thing be safe and my prayers are with you and all the people of Japan, Second thing can this "Nuclear Melt Down" have any affect on our land, farming, and fish ex. here in the states? Especially the west coast?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  42. John, IL


    Do you have protective gear available for the CNN team. The status of the nuclear power plant does not look like it's getting better so it might be a good idea to have a mask and protective clothing if you are close to the exposure area. What is the worse case scenario if you are in the red zone. I would have been nice to use the APU (auxiliary power units) on helicopters to help generate the needed power for the pumps. Unfortunately, I think that option has passed.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, Ohio

    @Gordy McBride, "We need to know the meltdown scenario. How far will it reach? How fast will it travel through the gulf."

    Something tells me they don't know the answers to those questions.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  44. Angela

    After such destruction in Japan from the Earth Quake and Tsunami – I would like to know – when the clean-up begins, where do they put all the debris and everything that was destroyed? Where does it all go?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  45. Nicole Netherlands

    Bloggers: This just from twitter: andersoncooper Anderson Cooper
    Due to safety concerns we are leaving this area an therefore not live for the second hour
    48 seconds ago

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

    These reactors were built to with stand a quake of 6.9 at the most. This one was 8.9. That really must tell you something. Pray for Japan.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  47. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    What about the surroundings countries like China, ect? Are they going to have some radiation after effect?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  48. Tony

    No one has reported a leak in the containment vessel.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  49. ellen

    this is a really horrifying story. but I can't help but feel terrible for the poor people in Libya. The world's attention has been diverted completely. Too bad the Arab Leaugue asked for intervention one week too late. I pray for the those brave people and the people of Japan. You are not forgotten...

    March 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  50. Tom

    This situation in Japan is 'mind boggling'. Lets hope the media reports concerning the radiations leaks are honest and ungarnished.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
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