March 17th, 2011
02:16 AM ET
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. dwight james

    who is supplying Libya with weapons? Or what is the source of its weapons?

    March 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  2. susan Toman

    Just Wondering why aren't we putting iodine isatops to make it rain over the reactors in Japan It was used in Viet Nam and Korea they created tons of rain!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  3. Shawn Louisville Ky

    Evening Anderson and Everyone else.
    Thank God that the UN passed the no-fly zone.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  4. George

    Why doesn't the Japanese Govt. deploy a low altitude unmanned balloon/aerostat with high resolution video cameras and IR sensors to look inside the plant (through the openings) to see if water is getting into the pool. Also, they can use infrared sensors to determine the magnitude and change in temperature of the pool thereby estimating whether their operations are working?? We and the Japanese military have plenty of these sensors...

    March 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  5. Arthur Cantu

    Its seems everyone including U.S. officials are not pressed on the details. For example why does the NRC think there is no water in the spent fuel rod tanks? How difficult is it to ask How do you know? Who is giving this information? Or Are not there cameras already in place inside the core buildings? Or What is the name of the person(s) in charge and why are they not before the press answering questions? Or Where is the command center to handle the crisis? Who is in the command center?

    March 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  6. Joe Bolyard

    Does anyone know why Robots are not being used to work in the high radiation areas? We have unmanned planes, bomb disposal units, etc., etc.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  7. Rick F

    The helicopter drops of water would be more accurate while dropping with the wind wouldn't they?

    March 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  8. Jack Green

    Two things we are learning from this tragedy in Japan:

    1. The beauty of the selfless charity of the Japanese people.
    2. The ugliness and danger of the selfish concerns of the corporate mind, in this case, represented by a power company.

    The first one seems natural and humane, the second, alien and inhumane.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  9. Jack Stewart

    Can robots be used to carry water lines into the fuel rods to flood them?

    March 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  10. Joan Cater

    The Japanese civil obedience in the wake of this countries disaster is a beacon of light for the whole world to note and applaud. jc

    March 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  11. Mary

    I was wondering if they could put ice and/or snow in the reactors to cool them down.

    March 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  12. Julie

    Well...how about parking a crane with a 300' boom and connect a 6" pipe to the largest pump in the ocean and turn it on. That shoot feed some continuous water. Or...how about a concrete pump with a extended boom and run a pipe from a giant pump in the ocean and start pumping water instead of concrete. Where is BP when they can make a little effort to participate to save the people of Japan?

    March 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  13. Joe Faulkner

    There has been a lot of talk about the containment pools for the spent fuel rods. If the pools were damaged during the earthquake and the water leaked from the containment pools, where did the water go? Was the containment water swept away by the tsunami or did it leak into the ground?

    Thank you, Joe

    March 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  14. Rafi Moreno

    Why, instead of spraying water to cool off the reactor, they use ICE. Ice will obviously be cooler and will not have that much wastage in the air.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  15. Dave Battson

    In the event of a melt down in one or more of the reactors what areas of the globe will be affected, how soon, how severe and for how long ??

    March 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  16. chris and stacy

    Hello,has anyone suggested using snow instead of water?It will hit the target better and if the plant is to be sealed anyway?

    March 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  17. Ken burton

    The reports on radiation seem to not define what is being measured.

    Dose amount of energy absorbed/damage to the body.

    Dose rate- amount of dose being received per unit time.

    contaimination and airborne radioactive material - radioactive material in environment

    Reports should discuss if the rates or dose are are just measured or actually being received by individuals.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  18. Lynn

    Was wondering if anyone has consider sending over cargo planes and air dropping food and water in those hard hit areas...as well as dog and cat food?...(seeing those dogs on your show last night just compounded more heatache for Japan )
    Your show is direct and honest..remain constant and be safe.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  19. Kim Foster

    A group of 40 + students known as The Young Americans – a performing group that travels the world as part of a musical outreach program- still sits in Tokyo waiting for a flight home. They are currently scheduled to leave Saturday afternoon but with an expanding evacuation area is Saturday soon enough? At what point does this become imminent danger? The group has been in Tokyo since January, and are now stasying at Tokyo's Olympic Center, waiting for Saturday. The Young American's are based in Corona, CA – how do we get them home sooner?.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  20. kristen

    You reported on the Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble. It stated they were rescued and sent to two different vets. Are they being reunited they can't separate them now they must be terrified.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  21. pam

    I leave in the west coast and they report about putting more sniffers on the west coast to detect radiation.or fallout.My question is who is motoring these devices and if all the experts are wrong what kind of warning would the people have and how much time would we have to evacuate.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  22. fred sandler

    ok, I have a question.. If a tsunami is a wave that is a wall of water (from the seabed to the surface) compared to a normal wave (which is created by the wind and only on the surface of the sea), why aren't there tons of sea life (fish, etc.) washed up on the shore??? do the fish know in advance and scatter before the tsunami is created???


    March 17, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  23. caro

    Why are we (US) not yet dropping food, blankets, etc. to those starving and cold in the northeastern section of Japan?

    March 17, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  24. timothy clough

    so much attention has been given to air quality however, i question the ocean currents and migratory fish species given ocean front location and reported contamination of tap water noted 50 miles from facility...any monitoring or opinions

    March 17, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  25. Donna Hollis


    If all 6 nuke plants meltdown, how much total radiation will be released, and how far would the contamination area be? Would it possibly reach Tokyo/Hawaii/Calif?

    How much plutonium/nuclear material is at these 6 plants, both stored and in cycle? What is the difference if any with plutonium?

    What about the nuke plants in Sendai, other cities, are they okay?

    Stay safe!

    March 17, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  26. Rick A. Robinson

    I just have one question about the power plants melting down. If the earthquake and tsunami had not happened, how does japan secure and transport the spent radioactive material to be contained for the next hundred years. Has that storage facility been able to with stand these massive quakes.

    Thank You

    March 17, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  27. Herb Nakatani

    Can the reactors be covered with soil to prevent release of the radioactive plumes and wet the soil to cool the reactor rods? At least the radiation may be contained under the soil?

    March 17, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  28. Rich A.

    Way to go Anderson. It just goes to show that they have something to hide and are not willing to tell the truth.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  29. Ando

    Thank you CNN for directly tell Japanese Government straight that we, people in Japan, are not being informed with critical information essential for understanding our safety from the fatal radiation. my father who is 78 years old and myself living in Tokyo, and Im sure so many other people everywhere, are worried and under tremendous stress because we do not know and have evidence of the level of radiation in our atomosphere. Frankly speaking, I am getting more accurate information and right question and whole picture of radioactive danger from other forign media such as CNN. Thank you CNN and please help us informed with the level of air safety. we do not want to become nuclear pollution victim becasue of JP government.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  30. Darrick M

    In this crisis why are they not using robots to help with the process of getting water to the reactors. Japan has the most advanced robots and they should be able to help in this to save people. Why are people not thinking outside the box and trying to solve the problems.

    March 17, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  31. Paul

    Comment regarding Japan and the spent fuel rods. could you give an annatomy of the fuel rods, I do not understand them and what they are composed of, how can they stay "hot" for so long? By hot I mean as in Temperature, I understand the radio activity lasts a long time but how can they stay hot enough to catch fire. Thanks, Paul

    March 17, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  32. Suzie Suzuka

    Please anybody, get people who are within 30km around nuclear plant out of there. Because many of them are old, and because of lack of gas, they cannot evacuate and they just remain inside.
    Besides, since they are inside, food supplis does not reach them.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  33. vilma

    Please help the poor people that are from the philippine, that are stuck in sendai,The embassey said all they can do is bring some to tokyo, then we will be on are own.Can any one help us? are goverment can not help!!!please help!!

    March 17, 2011 at 5:08 am |
  34. Brian Matheson

    Don't know how else to communicate but I think they should drop massive snow balls, not water. you could easily target a big snow ball into the right location rather than the water that just blows away! hope this reaches you.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:05 am |
  35. John mCcarthy

    Hay guys I never do this blog stuff.

    Heard they are sending water cannons good Idea.

    Told my wife yesterday they need to get fire tugs as manay as you can fit on the beach beach, so they still can draw water, get a fuel barge for a fuel supply.

    The tugs in sf bay calif. have more than one jet cannon these things can dump some serious water & because they are a fire unit the can pump water to the land trucks also.

    Then they can hit this thing from land & sea.

    While they are at it hit the new one in the south??? get on that one right now.

    Thanks John

    March 17, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  36. francis

    In hindsight: is it not a weird dichotomy to see a nuclear powerplant with it's buiding designed to "blow out the top" somewhat like a pressure cooker, but at the same time to have it's Spent Fuel rods reservoir at or near that top of the building, instead of underground? Looks a little bit like a safety design flaw to me...

    Q: What is the design of USA Nuclear reactors in this respect?

    March 17, 2011 at 2:43 am |
  37. Barbara Dunn

    I word like to know how American officials got the information about the spent rods being exposed? How did you confirm the information before you airing? Do we have American officials at the plant?

    March 17, 2011 at 2:25 am |