March 17th, 2011
12:51 AM ET
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Broderick

    Is there anykind of equipment that Japan nuclear workers can use,from any country, that can keep them safer from the radiation while they try to get the reactors under control. And once the electricity is back on line, and the water begins to be pumped back in, isn't ther a risk of another hydrogen explosion?

    March 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  2. Richard Royer

    With all of the water that is being poured on the reactors in japan, I am sure it is highly radioactive.Is this water being contained via perimeter containments or is it running off into parking lot drywells, low lying holding ponds or back into the ocean?

    I have not heard anyone comment on this problem.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  3. Michael

    Hi Anderson Cooper, I watch you show every evening and I have two questions that I would like you to ask the contributors.

    #1 Why are we trying to dump water on a reactor / spent radiologic rods with the intent to restart the reactors when the reactors are damaged in the first place? and wouldnt it be prudent to not try and restart the reactors until they have been inspected and deemed safe to operate.

    #2 I would like to understand more about the spent radioactive rods that are being held in water to keep them cool.
    specifically, why are they not being used if they are still radioactive ? and why have we not found a way to utilize them in a different way to get the most from them.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  4. Vic

    Instead of dropping water on the plant ,do we have something like a ballon fill with water or a water bomb?

    March 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  5. Bill Cicio

    I guess nobody in the field of nuclear energy ever thought of housing a supply of emergency cooling water in a series of huge tanks next to the plant that could supply water via gravity instead of relying on electrical pumps. Seems like a no-brainer.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  6. Steven Cheong

    Another suggestion or contingency plan :-

    1) shutdown a working plant nearby
    2) bring all spare parts, tools, battery, engine to faulty plant to replace the coolant devices. e.g. power generator.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  7. Arnie Koss

    If it is imperative that power be reestablished at these nuclear power plants in order to get the infrastructure, the pumps etc., to cool the reactors, why not use a US aircraft carrier as a power source? Bring the carrier as close to shore as safely possible and run power from the carrier to the plant. It may sound crazy but it also may be possible.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:06 am |
  8. Gordon

    I am wondering if anyone else has thought of this method to cool off the reactors in Japan, but I haven't heard it anywhere yet. I am thinking of the guys who can spray sand and water over a mile to form new land. I believe they are Dutch. I know the Dutch are making new land in the Netherlands, also refer to the huge palm tree island off the coast of Dubai, I think it might be. I know there would be a lot of radioactive material washed in the sea, but I think that's better than losing Japan to airborne radiation. Hope you read this. Thanks for reading. Pass it on if you think it has any possibility of helping. Thanks

    March 17, 2011 at 2:09 am |
  9. Paul Anderson

    If power for the pumps and station are a big part of the problen, why not put a barge with generators and pumps right off shore. A second barge could have a large supple of fuel. Once in place, they could be monitored remotely with less risk to human life.


    March 17, 2011 at 1:45 am |