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March 17th, 2011
12:48 AM ET
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dan in Melbourne Florida

    I would know, from one of the nuclear power plant experts being interviewed, why all nuclear power plants don't have a gravity fed water system. Every city in the world gets it's water from a tower so water pressure isn't lost when electricity goes out. Why in the world isn't this most simple and basic principle applied to nuclear power plants?

    March 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  2. Luke

    Why don't we use robotics? If we can remotely control an aircraft flying half way around the world we should be able to fix up a system which allows us to remotely control a fire truck or some other vehicle that could hose down the rods.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  3. Tom

    If ever there was a use for remotely piloted vehicles, this is it. A remotely piloted vehicle was developed by Kaman Aerospace back in 1958. How quickly can helicopter manufacturers deliver a heavy lift helicopter to drop water on this reactor? Any takers?

    Also if it is winter in Japan, what is the feasibility of dropping snow / ice on the site to provide greater cooling? Would this potentially cause further damage if the containment vessel is intact by possibly cracking it?

    March 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  4. jeff taylor

    If you want to put a massive amount of water on the stricken reactors/storage pools, why not take a lesson from mother nature and create a huge "directed" underwater detonation, just off shore from the power plant. This would cause a "man-made" tsunami to flood the whole area at once.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  5. yibang chen

    If we can use Unmanned aircraft
    Hot Air Balloon
    loaded full of water then pull water at top of the nuclea reactors

    March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  6. Mark Luce, Bozeman, Montana

    I'm a carpenter, so I use fans, vacuums and air purifiers to clean harmful air on a jobsite. Just curious if it would be possible to suck the hazardous fumes out of the reactors and into some kind of storage container's ? Seems to me that even if it only captured part of it, that would be better than letting it all into the enviroment.

    Mark the Carpenter

    March 17, 2011 at 4:12 am |
  7. Mark Luce, Bozeman, Montana

    Why isn't Japan pumping water out of the ocean onto or into the reactors with huge water pumps ? It seems to me that would be safer and more effective than helicopters. If water is critical, they should be required to have a backup sytem designed to do this ?

    Mark the Carpenter

    March 17, 2011 at 3:53 am |
  8. Ernie

    The Japanese are NOT trying to get water into the reactors as it would appear. They are trying to neutralize the radiation in the air. History repeating itself, the Russians did the same thing at Chernobyl but they used sand as well as water. It did not work of course.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  9. Dawn

    We have been listening to reports of nuclear meltdown for 6 days with each day a greater warning. How long should we take a "wait & see" stance before issuing massive evcauation. The distance of 50 miles from nuke plant is for todays readings. If we "wait & see" it will be to late. Are there any efforts being taken to remove the people away more then 50 miles? Let's not be showed-up by a dog! It takes a village.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  10. Jayme Grant

    I live in Southern California. Where we have many wild fires year after year. We have a 747 that can drop thousands gallons of water onto a large fire. Why can't this plane be use for a situation of this magnitude. That could be useful for the nuclear plants in Japan.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:50 am |