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Japan / Earthquake and Tsunami / Nuclear Power Plants #990185

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011
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(Tokyo: Anderson Cooper) Breaking news on the twin disaster in Japan: the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami and the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant introduced; scenes shown of helicopters dropping water on the plants and of damages in Kensennuma from the waves; details given of the government's credibility gap.

(Tokyo: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with MIT's Jim Walsh and CNN's Tom Foreman about the reactors; photos of the plant destruction shown. [WALSH - comments on a "difficult" situation as indicated by dropping water on the targets of reactors 4 and 3; talks about the explanations from the US and Japanese governments.] [Using diagrams, FOREMAN - sums up what is happening with the reactors 1, 2, 3, 4; explains the problems with dropping water on the reactors from a distance.]

(Tokyo: Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta) The risks in Japan from radiation with evacuation zones being arbitrary, the lack of information, the absence of the IAEA discussed; plant diagrams and photos shown. [WALSH - comments on problems with reactors 4, 5, 6, which were taken offline but waste was being stored there, on who is in charge of this: the private utility, what the IAEA could have been doing, the issue of radiation.] [FOREMAN - comments of the unknowns in a meltdown situation.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Sanjay, Anderson Cooper,

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