March 14th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

New Nuclear Emergency in Japan: Join the Live Chat

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  1. Jennifer

    I live in Japan about 5 hours south of Sendai and I am trying to also find out what kind of danger there is from the reactors. My neighbour said that she was told that if it rains tomorrow that we should cover ourselves as best as we can. I need to know more too.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  2. Mary Ellen

    It seems like many are still in shock. I certainly would be. That young man who is teaching English, you reunited him with his parents. That was really very moving. Can't imagine how parents can take not knowing where their children are. So very sad, hope they find more survivors!!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  3. michelle, big pine, california

    thank you for the great coverage. this is the scariest thing i have ever lived through..... how is this going to effect the rest of the world-- is this the begining of the end?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  4. Heather

    do any of the reporters have Geiger counters if they don't should so they could see if they are in harms way and then they could report the truth to us if there is true radiation levels that are safe for humans

    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  5. Dvaria

    get your self tested when you arrive to your destination

    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  6. Christopher

    Stop watching movies about nuclear meltdowns – the reactor is shut down, all rods in. There is no reaction to run away at this point.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  7. Ryan K

    About the nuclear situation-I hate to say this, but I'm glad its raining in Japan, the rain will collect the radaition particles and get them out of the air. I hope it doesn't get any worse, but it's probably already worse then what they're telling us.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  8. Chi

    Be safe, AC and CNNers. Need a sleep for tomorrow class now 🙂

    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  9. Marie

    I believe the Japanese Government is waiting for the team of nuclear reactor experts from the U.S. to arrive before they make any official statements.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  10. Merl,Ohio

    Radiation cannot be seen , smelled by the human body. But would be noticed by loosing hair, nausea, open leasions and fatigue.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  11. Nick, Lima-Peru

    It woulb be a solution for the moment, evacuating to near country, so japanese people are going to be safe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  12. Jo

    I'm so glad you are taking your health into consideration in japan. Be safe, don't be stupid.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  13. Christopher

    Have you ever played with liquid nitrogen? It makes things, including metal, very brittle – as in 'easy to crack / break'. That would be a bad idea. Even cold water addition will cause cracking of the hot metal fuel cladding, but it's likely already damaged.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  14. edward gutierrez

    I am amazed at the calm of the Japanese people during this devistation. My prayers go out to all the people in Japan. I am curious if there is any crime happening. Looting ext... I remember after Catrina, hearing of all the crimes that were happening. It broke my heart.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  15. Brian

    I have a serious question. At this point, given the current state of the reactors, what is the chance that the reaction could 'run away' and end up literally melting its way out of containment and eventually and literally melt its way through to the mantle of the earth?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  16. michelle

    so after they are done using the sea water to cool down reactor what happens to the water.. does it go back into the sea? and at what cost to sea life?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  17. gus roach

    the worse is yet to come

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  18. Vince

    These nuclear plants – how can something with such potential harm be set-up on the coastlands of an earthquake/tsunami prone zone?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  19. Jesse Vosters

    Anderson, If all three reactors actually do melt down, will it reach The US at dangerous levels?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  20. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson & Team 360 in the field and in studio. I really appreciate your dedication to the story in Japan, especially the nuclear problems.

    Good night fellow writers, terric blog. Good night Nichole, very much enjoyed blogging with you too, as with so many others.
    Great info.
    May All in Japan stay safe! You too Anderson & Team.
    I wish All a safe and peaceful day tomorrow.
    Anderson, pleaser don't forget Lybia!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  21. Dennis DeGeeter

    I believe Japan is in big trouble now, with these nuclear reactors exploding, on fire, radiation leaking etc... They better start mixing tons of cement/concrete right now, the world should be concerned too!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  22. Christopher

    Only time will tell. The more time that passes, the better off we all are. Decay heat will dissipate and the clean up can begin. Another unique challenge in the nuclear world. Luckily we have a lot of experience taking out reactor vessels here in the US.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  23. Jeff Louris

    I hope CNN will soon travel outside ground zero and let us know how the "country citizens" are affected and reacting to the reality of this expected but"not in my lifetime" event. I feel helpless! Although with a few clicks I can help !! Happy Trails..... J.w.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  24. dorothy

    Radiation looks like a huge problem.Too dangerous why not evacuate people onto aircraft carriers bring to tent cities in China or elsewhere until radiation threat over.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  25. Val - California

    Is any sea water that is being pumped into the reactor going back into the ocean as run-off? If so, and it is reactive, will all the sea creatures in the area will be radioactive. Can that radiation stay in the ocean water and travel to other area coasts like: Japan, Alaska, Hawaii, the United States, Philippines, etc...? Does anyone know? Or does it dissipate or sink in salt water?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  26. Chris, Mo

    Everything seems to be half truths...Anderson could you do the broadcast in a "shelter in place"? We dont need you or other reporters sick from contamination. They are not going to come out and tell the real threat because they will be worried about wide spread panic.
    God Speed Anderson!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  27. Tony

    Chernobyl was a complete breech of containment. Too long to explain here.If containment is breeched, damage would depend on how much gets airborne and how much radioactive debris escapes the area. A difficult question to answer. Needless to say,I don't think it will be anywhere near catostrophic. Good night all!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  28. Merl,Ohio

    Through the tsunami all cars and trucks, oil, gas and antifreeze was pushed out through water. This poisoned ground along with radiation which they are having now.

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

    They need to tell you what the actual levels are. But if they did that then no one would be able to freak out – I'm sure that the operators of the facility are working frantic to try and not have a total meltdown. The longer that it takes, the cooler that the reactors get.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  30. Jason

    It is amazing to watch a mini apocalypse as it unfolds live.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  31. mordy

    why cant the flood the core with liquid nitrogen?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  32. Wes

    The images that have been coming across has been frightening and I lived in Souther California and I am afraid that this is going to hit home sooner that most people think.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  33. Sister Elias

    In view of the frightful escalation of the nuclear accident now happing in the wake of the tsunami, I wonder what the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki think about nuclear power and its potential for catastrophe.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  34. Farrah

    Prayers and thoughts go out to the people of Japan. We're wondering how long they will be without electricity, and how they will get electricity?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Jana, Chi, Karyn, Lilly, others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  36. Savita Sharma

    Thanks to you and your entire team for the honest assessments. Stay safe. The Japanese are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Good luck from Atlanta.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  37. Christopher

    They just need to move up wind – the radiation will not travel 30km, only the 'plume' that may result from a gaseous release. A house will not protect you from actual high dose rates.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  38. Vince

    AC Team be sure to stay safe. This devastation is coupled with multiple concerns. Consequently, it makes the reporting all the more challenging in dealing with the issues of the nuclear reactors and radiation exposures. Take care.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  39. Molly-O

    Get out of there, please. We appreciate all of your efforts very much. Do not chance any exposure to this radiation. O'Brian, Gupta, and Cooper, et al... think about your next 25 years. How healthy might you want to be????

    March 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  40. Jessica

    I live in Okinawa. No one is telling us if we are going to be effected or not.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  41. cheryl form Oregon

    I agree with bonnie...

    March 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  42. Chi

    Really hope that new nuclear plant designs will offer more safety.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  43. tim

    Anderson, great job of reporting on missing Americans. Wish you would focus more on finding missing Japanese families. This would show that we as Americans really do care about all peoples and not just Americans in Japan. I know it might be difficult and you might find some Japanesse family members dead. It would show the world this has hit America hard that one of its allies has met with despair.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  44. Myron

    I lived through the TMI disaster only to find out 20 years later high levels of raiation were released. This mess in Japan has all the same signs. The Nuclear Reg Cimmish needs to step in and put a stop to the lies. These people need to get as far away as they can. This melt down is unstoppable and they know it.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  45. Brenda Watmore

    hey there anderson ,glad its you and your team that are the ones over in japan telling the world the truth,but if it gets to dangerous i hope to god u all leave .what can anyone one do to the reactors to stop a complete melt down? god bless the people of japan

    March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  46. Sarah

    good evening I just wanted to say my heart and prayers go out to Japan and the many families who are still looking for loved ones. Thank you for the updates Mr. Anderson Cooper you are an amzaing man.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  47. Starr, formerly known as vincent


    Thanks for the twitter update from Anderson & Team.
    I don't have a cell phone and have not learned how to "tweet" yet.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  48. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Night, Anderson and staff. Take care all.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  49. Robert, Oregon

    Mr Anderson.

    Our prayers are with the people of Japan.

    My question is in reguards to the reactors. What
    will happen if there is a total melt down of one or more of the reactors, will they have a nucler exsplosion?
    Will it just blow up like we have seen on the news and relase radation?
    Whats the worst case that can happen and can it affect the US and what about all the people we have sent over there to help?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  50. Merl,Ohio

    Has America arrived in Japan to give aide in water, food and medicine?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
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