Japan quake live blog: 'We're in an emergency, please help us'
Smoke fills the air in the badly damaged town of Yamada, Japan, in Iwate prefecture one day after the earthquake and tsunami.
March 12th, 2011
10:30 PM ET

Japan quake live blog: 'We're in an emergency, please help us'

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that sent a wave filled with boats and houses toward land. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on how the quake hit Japan and generated a Pacific-wide tsunami.

[10:30 p.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. Tokyo] The 15-member Chinese rescue team is bound for the quake-hit region in Japan. The team's main task was to search for survivors, Yin Guanghui, deputy director of the China Earthquake Administration, said. The members of the Chinese International Search and Rescue are bringing four tons of materials and equipments for search and rescue as well as power supply and telecommunication services, Yin said.

[10:20 p.m. ET, 12:20 p.m. Tokyo] The death toll has climbed to 763. There are 639 missing and 1419 injured, according to Japan's national police agency.

[9:54 p.m. ET, 11:54 a.m. Tokyo] A meltdown may have occurred at at least one nuclear power reactor in Japan, the country's chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano, said Sunday.

He also said that authorities are concerned over the possibility of another meltdown at a second reactor.

"We do believe that there is a possibility that meltdown has occurred. It is inside the reactor. We can't see. However, we are assuming that a meltdown has occurred," he said of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. "And with reactor No. 3, we are also assuming that the possibility of a meltdown as we carry out measures."

Edano's comments confirm an earlier report from an official with Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, who said, "we see the possibility of a meltdown."

A meltdown is a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release. However, Toshihiro Bannai, director of the agency's international affairs office, expressed confidence that efforts to control the crisis would be successful.

[9:35 p.m. ET, 11:35 a.m. Tokyo] A woman trapped in a secure building in downtown Sendai made a tearful plea to the world for help.

"Somehow, we can hang in there, I hope. We don't have any electric, water, gas... but please, help the people who lost their homes and the people on top of the buildings asking for help," Yasue Schumaker told CNN.

"We need foreign countries' help," she said, choking back tears. "We're in an emergency, please help us."

At least 49 countries and the European Union have offered relief to Japan, and supplies and personnel are on the way.

Schumaker, a resident of Hawaii originally from Sendai, had been visiting her hometown to care for her ailing mother.

Schumaker said people were too afraid to leave the building and no one knew when to expect help. Outside, she said she saw people sleeping in cars, perhaps reluctant to leave the safety of their vehicles for the cold weather.

[9:10 p.m. ET, 11:10 a.m. Tokyo] The U.S. State Department will on send a consular support team into the Sendai area near the earthquake's epicenter on Sunday, while adding personnel to the U.S. Tokyo embassy in an effort to aid American citizens. Ten U.S. Naval ships are bound for Japan carrying humanitarian aid and emergency crews in effort to aid in disaster relief, Anthony Falvo, a U.S. Navy Public Affairs Officer, said.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, along with a guided-missile cruiser and destroyer ship, arrived off Japan's coast Sunday morning to support Japanese forces in disaster relief operations, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement.

[8:47 p.m. ET, 10:47 a.m. Tokyo] A state of emergency has been declared for three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Roughly 180,000 people who live within 10 to 20 kilometers of the Daiichi plant are being evacuated.

[7:40 p.m. ET, 9:40 a.m. Tokyo] Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday that another reactor of its Fukushima nuclear power plants had lost its cooling functions, Kyodo News reports. The utility supplier notified the government Sunday morning that the No. 3 reactor at the No. 1 Fukushima plant had lost the ability to cool the reactor core. The reactor is now in the process of releasing radioactive steam, top government spokesman Yukio Edano said, according to Kyodo News.

It was the sixth reactor overall at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 plants to undergo cooling failure since the massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck Japan on Friday.

[6:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 a.m. Tokyo] 15 more people in the vicinity of Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear power plants have been exposed to radioactivity, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency has confirmed, according to Kyodo News.

[6:34 p.m. ET, 8:34 a.m. Tokyo] An aftershock was just felt in Sendai, CNN staff in Japan reports, the latest in a series of aftershocks to rock the quake zone since Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami.

"People here in Japan are quite used to earthquakes," CNN's Anna Coren said. "The concern is more quakes, more aftershocks could cause more tsunamis. That's what people are worried about."

Since the initial earthquake, there have been 250 aftershocks above 5.0 and almost 50 above 6.0, CNN's Chad Meyers said.

[6:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 a.m. Tokyo] There is currently no evidence of a nuclear meltdown at one of Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear power reactors in northern Japan, Japan's ambassador to the United States said.

"There was a concern about this reactor. We have confirmed that there was a blowup but it was not a blowup of reactor nor container. It was a blowup of the outer building so there was no leakage of the radioactive material," Ichiro Fujisaki told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"We are now trying to cope with the situation by putting salt water into the reactor," he said. "There are some other issues with other reactors as well, which need also injection of water or taking out vapor because of increasing pressure into the container and we are now working on it."

When asked if there may be a nuclear meltdown, Fujisaki said, "we do not see any evidence of that at this time."

Engineers have been unable to get close enough to the core to know what's going on, an official with Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency told CNN Sunday. He based his conclusion on the fact that they measured radioactive cesium and radioactive iodine in the air Saturday night.

[5:48 p.m. ET, 7:48 a.m. Tokyo] A meltdown may be under way at one of Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear power reactors, an official with Japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency told CNN Sunday.

A meltdown is a catastrophic failure of the reactor core, with a potential for widespread radiation release. However, Toshiro Bannai, director of the agency's international affairs office, expressed confidence that efforts to control the crisis would prove successful.

Meanwhile, a second reactor at the same facility failed shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said, according to TV Asahi. The power company said it was having difficulty cooling the reactor and may need to release radioactive steam in order to relieve pressure.

[5:10 p.m. ET, 7:10 a.m. Tokyo] Six canine disaster search teams trained have been deployed to Japan as part of Los Angeles County Task Force 2, Search Dog Foundation said Saturday. The 72-member team was mobilized by USAID and is being sent into the disaster zone along with Virginia Task Force 2. Per USAID, some 75 tons of rescue supplies and equipment for each Task Force are being delivered to the devastated region via military transport. Once on the ground, the job of SDF’s teams will be to comb the wreckage in search of live victims.

[4:57 p.m. ET, 6:57 a.m. Tokyo] Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea were closed on Saturday to carry out emergency safety checks, Kyodo News reports. The operator said the closure will probably last about 10 days. In Tokyo's Akihabara district, the operator of AKB Theater, a concert hall for exclusive use by all-girl pop idol group AKB48, said the same day the facility will be closed until Tuesday for a similar reason.

[4:48 p.m. ET, 6:48 a.m. Tokyo] The lights were turned off Saturday night at some of the best known landmarks in major Japanese cities after trouble at a Fukushima nuclear plant caused by Friday's massive earthquake prompted calls for electricity savings, Kyodo News reported.

The operator of Tokyo Tower said the move also reflects an intention to express condolences for the victims of the earthquake. Similar decisions were taken with regard to the Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka, Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo and Bay Bridge in Yokohama, all of which are usually lit up at night, Kyodo reported.

[3:37 p.m. ET, 5:37 a.m. Tokyo] Japanese authorities have informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that the explosion at Unit 1 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant occurred outside the primary containment vessel, not inside, the agency said Saturday. The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has confirmed that the integrity of the primary containment vessel remains intact.

As a countermeasure to limit damage to the reactor core, TEPCO proposed that sea water mixed with boron be injected into the primary containment vessel. This measure was approved by Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and the injection procedure began at 8:20 p.m. local Japan time, the agency said. Japan has reported that four workers at Fukushima Daiichi were injured by the explosion, the IAEA said.

[3:17 p.m. ET, 5:17 a.m. Tokyo] The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent two officials with expertise in boiling water nuclear reactors to Japan as part of USAID team.

[2:56 p.m. ET, 4:46 a.m. Tokyo] - There have been no reports of U.S. citizens killed or injured in Japan in the wake of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, according to the U.S. State Department statement. The U.S. State Department will send a consular support team on Sunday into the Sendai area near the earthquake's epicenter, while adding personnel to the U.S. Tokyo embassy in an effort to aid American citizens.

The National Weather Service on Saturday cancelled tsunami advisories for the immediate coastal areas of central and southern California, while warning residents of continued tidal surges in harbors across the region.

[1:20 p.m. ET, 3:20 a.m. Tokyo] Authorities have begun radiation exposure testing around Fukushima prefecture where three people - randomly selected out of a group of 90 - have tested positive for radiation poisoning, according to Japan's government broadcaster, NHK.

[1:14 p.m. ET, 3:14 a.m. Tokyo] Long lines persisted at food stores and at the pump as concern grew in Tokyo that food and fuel shortages may arise in the aftermath of the earthquake.

[1:10 p.m. ET, 3:10 a.m. Tokyo] Gas sales in Tokyo were being limited to 20 liters (5.3 gallons) per car.

[1:04 p.m. ET, 3:04 a.m. Tokyo] Missionaries in Japan serving the U.S.-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have all been accounted for and are considered safe, the church said Saturday.

[12:27 p.m. ET, 2:27 a.m. Tokyo] Two hundred-fifteen Chinese tour groups visiting Japan have been confirmed as safe, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the country's National Tourism Administration. More than 4,500 Chinese tourists were in Japan at the time of the quake and tsunami, the agency reported.

[11:49 a.m. ET, 1:49 a.m. Tokyo] Japan public broadcaster NHK reported the country's Defense Ministry had sent a unit that specializes in dealing with radioactive contamination to a command post near the stricken plant.

[11:48 a.m. ET, 1:48 a.m. Tokyo] The British government will dispatch a team of 59 fire service search and rescue specialists, two rescue dogs and a medical support team to join the international relief effort in Japan.  They will take up to 11 tons of specialist rescue equipment, including heavy lifting and cutting equipment to save the lives of people who are trapped in the debris.

[10:51 a.m. ET, 12:51 a.m. Tokyo] About 50,000 Japan Self-Defense Force personnel were being deployed Saturday in quake and tsunami relief efforts, according to a Kyodo report in The Japan Times. Japan's Defense Ministry said 190 aircraft and 25 ships were involved in the effort, according to the report.

[10:23 a.m. ET, 12:23 a.m. Tokyo] In Shiroishi, a town near the area hardest hit by the quake, two SH-60 helicopters from U.S. Naval Air Facility Atsugi delivered 1,500 pounds of rice and bread donated by people in Ebina, southeast of Tokyo, the U.S. 7th Fleet, said in a statement Saturday.

[10:03 a.m. ET, 12:03 a.m. Tokyo] Japan's government has ordered the evacuation of residents within 20 kilometers of one nuclear power plant and within 10 kilometers of a second. More than 83,000 people live within 10 kilometers of the two plants, according to Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

[9:48 a.m. ET, 11:48 p.m. Tokyo] Tokyo Electric Power Company warned Saturday that many areas could experience blackouts as quake and tsunami damage has forced power plants to shut down and put a strain on electrical supplies, the Japan Times reported. As of noon Saturday Japan time, 5.1 million households were without power, according to the report.

[9:04 a.m. ET, 11:04 p.m. Tokyo] An estimated 6.4-magnitude earthquake has hit near the east coast of Honshu - the latest in a series of aftershocks striking on and around Japan's largest island in the past 24 hours. The aftershock occurred at 10:15 p.m. and just 82 kilometers (about 50 miles) from Fukushima, where officials are assessing a nuclear reactor damaged by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

[8:49 a.m. ET, 10:49 p.m. Tokyo] The walls of a concrete building surrounding the reactor container at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant collapsed in an explosion, but the reactor and its containment system were not damaged, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

[8:37 a.m. ET, 10:37 p.m. Tokyo] About 9,500 people are unaccounted for in the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi prefecture , officials said Saturday, according to Kyodo News Service. The figure is more than half of the population of 17,000 in the town on the Pacific coast, they said.

[8:35 a.m. ET, 10:35 p.m. Tokyo] Japanese authorities are making plans to distribute stable iodine, a treatment to prevent radiation poisoning, to residents near two damaged nuclear plants, the International Atomic Energy Agency says.

[8:03 a.m. ET, 10:03 p.m. Tokyo] An explosion at an earthquake-damaged nuclear plant was not caused by damage to the nuclear reactor but by a pumping system that failed as crews tried to bring the reactor's temperature down, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Saturday.

The next step for workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant will be to flood the reactor containment structure with sea water to bring the reactor's temperature down to safe levels, he said.  The effort is expected to take two days.

Radiation levels have fallen since the explosion and there is no immediate danger, Edano said.

[8:01 a.m. ET, 10:01 p.m. Tokyo] U.S. Marine Corps cargo aircraft and helicopters were being dispatched from bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa to mainland Japan to help in quake and tsunami relief efforts, the III Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement.

[7:54 a.m. ET, 9:54 p.m. Tokyo] Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the natural disaster that struck his country Friday "unprecedented" and said the quake caused a bigger tsunami than expected. Kan said that "we'd first like to focus on saving lives and secondly the comfort of the evacuees" and "there will be many resources that will be needed for this evacuation process."

[7:24 a.m. ET, 9:24 p.m. Tokyo] Dozens of aftershocks from Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Japan on Saturday. Four of Saturday's temblors were of magnitude 6.0 or above, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

[7:07 a.m. ET, 9:07 p.m. Tokyo] Fires were burning at more than 200 locations in 12 prefectures after Friday's earthquake and tsunami, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported, citing the nation's Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

[6:54 a.m. ET, 8:54 p.m. Tokyo] The explosion at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant was not caused by the nuclear reactor but by "water vapor that was part of the cooling process," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Saturday. He said no harmful gases had been emitted by the explosion.

[6:44 a.m. ET, 8:44 p.m. Tokyo] Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan confirms that the evacuation area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been increased to 20 kilometers. But no one has been harmed by radiation, he says.

[6:23 a.m. ET, 8:23 p.m. Tokyo] No people were visible Saturday in the streets of Minamisoma, Japan, a city whose population on Friday had been 70,000. All that was left of many structures were their foundations. Only concrete and steel buildings appeared to have withstood the wash.

[6:18 a.m. ET, 8:18 p.m. Tokyo] Authorities extended the evacuation area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to 20 kilometers, Kyodo News Agency reported.

[6:11 a.m. ET, 8:11 p.m. Tokyo] The roof of a reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant collapsed following an explosion around 3:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m. ET), Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported, citing Tokyo Electric Power Company.

[5:59 a.m. ET, 7:59 p.m. Tokyo] The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist reports.

[5:17 a.m. ET, 7:17 p.m. Tokyo] Friday's earthquake and tsunami crippled cooling systems at two Japanese nuclear power plants and workers were working Saturday to contain temperatures.

"This is a situation that has the potential for a nuclear catastrophe. It's basically a race against time, because what has happened is that plant operators have not been able to cool down the core of at least two reactors," said Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.

[4:47 a.m. ET, 6:47 p.m. Tokyo] At least seven homes sustained substantial tsunami damage on Hawaii's Big Island, including one that was pulled into a bay. Hotels in Kailua-Kona also reported damage. CNN affiliate KHON has a full report.

[4:22 a.m. ET, 6:22  p.m. Tokyo] The Tokyo Electric Company said four workers were injured in an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. NHK said the injured workers were in the process of cooling a nuclear reactor at the plant by injecting water into its core.

[3:46 a.m. ET, 5:46  p.m. Tokyo] Rescuers plucked dazed survivors from collapsed homes, muddy waters and raging fires Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake tore through Japan and unleashed waves that swallowed entire towns along the coast.

More than 900 were killed and about 700 others were missing Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported. The number is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

The  8.9-magnitude quake was centered about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Sendai, a farming and fishing region battling to stay ahead following decades of brain drain from its youth moving to  the capital of Tokyo.

[3:08 a.m. ET, 5:08  p.m. Tokyo] An explosion has been reported near a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported, citing the country's nuclear and industrial safety agency.

[2:19 a.m. ET, 4:19  p.m. Tokyo] A small amount of  radioactive Cesium has escaped into the air surrounding a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture, Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Agency said.

The agency said there was a strong possibility that this was caused by the melting of a  fuel rod, adding that plant engineers were continuing to cool the fuel rods by  pumping water around the rods.

[2:17 a.m. ET, 4:17  p.m. Tokyo] Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported Saturday that the death toll after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami is more than 900, with about 700 others reported missing.

Earlier Saturday the nation's Kyodo News News Agency, citing police, reported that the death toll was 433, with at least 784 missing.

The official death toll is likely to rise as authorities continue rescue and relief efforts in the worst-hit areas.

[2:00 a.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. Hawaii]
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a "State of Disaster  Proclamation" after the tsunami caused millions of dollars or damages as it swept through the islands. The proclamation will allow Hawaii to get federal funds to help rebuild, the governor said in a statement.

[12:00 a.m. ET, 2:00 p.m. Tokyo]
The death toll from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan rose to 433, the nation's Kyodo News reported Saturday. At least 784 are missing, Kyodo said, citing police.

[11:01 p.m. ET, 1:01 p.m. Tokyo] At least 398 people are dead and 805 are missing after the massive earthquake in Japan, the Kyodo News Agency reported Saturday. Earlier, the news agency said the death toll from the massive earthquake would likely surpass 1,000.

[10:01 p.m. ET, 12:01 p.m. Tokyo] As rescue crews continue to account for the damage caused by the country's largest earthquake on record, people in Japan on Saturday are struggling to contact loved ones near the hardest hit areas.

Lucy Craft, a freelance correspondent in Tokyo, has a teenage son at a high school near the epicenter in Sendai, northeast of Tokyo. More than 18 hours after the quake, she hadn't been able to make contact.

"The phone lines are still down... I haven't been able to get in touch with him by cell phone, I haven't been able to contact anybody there. I have his teacher's phone number," Craft said Saturday morning in Tokyo. "It's a very upsetting situation, as you can imagine."

[10:32 p.m. ET, 12:32 p.m. Tokyo] Residents of northern Japan streamed south from their earthquake-stricken hometowns Saturday, crowding stores in search of vital supplies as rescue teams worked north toward the historic quake's epicenter.

Roads and buildings showed cracks as far away as 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Sendai, the closest city to the epicenter. One man told CNN the scene in towns hit by the quake and the resulting tsunami was "unimaginable."

Shoppers were polite but tense as they sought food, water and gasoline from stores where shelves were quickly emptied and pumps soon ran dry.

soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. Jessica

    Best response yet! to The Jen. Thanks for clearing that up!

    March 12, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. isumiko

    The Jen said it all Im with all of you! Nice to find someone who is a christian who doesn't condemn back!

    March 12, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sharneka

    Way to go Dan and Jen. Nice to see ppl not lasing out because others have different beliefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxox THANKS FOR NOT BEING IMATURE!

    March 12, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Penn

    Stop bringing god into this. It's about the earth, not god. It's starting to sound really ignorant.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • donuthead

      That's your take...others have their own and everybody is right.

      March 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DEBRA


      March 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe


    March 12, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mich

    Seriously people, all of your Gods would probably prefer that you shut the **** up and start doing some good by raising some money (or praying to whoever you want) for those affected by this terrible disaster.

    March 12, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. just try'n to help

    Ok, Please! can anyone understand the following message and take it to someone able to share it with the masses?... Planet earth is rolling into a larger gravity well, created by a incoming "large massive object" combining with our suns well.. imagine a bowling ball placed on a bed with a marble (bowling ball being the sun and the marble represents our earth) rotating around the bowling balls indention. now imagine another bowling ball slowly approaching the first, this will increase the size of the indention in the bed (or in space terms, make the gravity well the earth rotates on larger). The axis on the marble will be affected and begin to tilt! understand that the quake or any soon to come quakes are not the cause of the tilt, its the other way round. Just picture in your mind the marble spinning on its axis and rotating the bowling ball and how it will react if the bowling ball mass is changed.

    March 12, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • just try'n to help

      this post will most likely be removed asap... so i will do my best to explain as fast as i can.. a few decades back a massive object was detected approaching the inner solar system this object has been responsible for many changes in solar activity as well as earth activity.. I have worked on projects which involve study of this object and what to share what i think will be the most important information for humanity withing the coming months.. as this info will filter slowly and may not reach the masses in enough time to prepare..

      March 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • just try'n to help

      – voyager slowing is due to greater mass being added to the center of the solar system
      – pluto removed from solar charts to hide object approach
      – solar activity increasing to danger level (has been projected to disrupt over 90% of mass communication at peak) is also the real reason Nasa has formally ended space travel, came home just before large flare which was to illuminate new your with an aurora, "now that was cutting it close"
      – Major governments along with nasa have spent billions for new tech such as robot astronauts and self flying and landing shuttles, in advance of knowing it will most likely be the only possible way and its easier to control top secret images from ever hitting human eyes..

      March 12, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • just try'n to help

      I only want this news to bring people together to plan for themselves there future.. as it stands Not a single organized attempt has been made to provide aid for the survivors of any and all upcoming catastrophes. start using the time you got left to plan!! PLEASE!! The Images captured over china last week of two suns has escalated government plans, as this means coverup will soon not be possible

      March 12, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • just try'n to help

      i will try to get online later Please try and take this seriously... Your government is

      March 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinking7

      Thanks for the information. I have been following this, as well. It seems that NASA is not telling us what we need to know. Russia has said it, and we need to pay attention. Suggestions?

      March 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • just try'n to help

      Ive seen a proposed plan for the east coast that i think is awesome in scope and should be implemented sooner then the time line I've seen (3-4 months full mass) it involves using the entire Appalachian trail as a safe zone and congregation strip, posting mass camps every 15-20 miles (this distance can be greatly shorted if people begin sooner). mass camps will have all necessary supplies for at least 2,000 (again this number can also be increased if project begins sooner)... This plan will not become available due to "mass confusion and panic" as always.. from what ive seen the west coast is partly being left out to dry as no viable plan due to the vast desert and mountain region.. more proof i'm telling the truth if you need it is the fact NASA All-sky fireball network is already deployed and watching the eastern seaboard (again an unmanned totally automated system capable of tracking space "debris") I wish i could be more open...

      March 12, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • just try'n to help

      I'm just sick of knowing that the people that can and should help feel "that in the best interest" you should live your lives ignorantly buying ipad2's and listening to pop music while meaninglessly chatting your life away on facebook.. even to the point that the heads of all these tech companies were called by leaders for a final "what should we do and how can you help us" meeting... which would have went more fruitfully if the governments were more forthcoming with why they gathered all those people..

      March 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • alissa

      What you say makes sense...please email me more info on alexiafranssen@gmail.com. im happy to spread the message because our governments are hiding things from us humans.

      March 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Wow. I don't know where to begin. Bowling ball? You mean gravity, right? Why try to sound smarter than you are? No need to elaborate with "gravity wells" and Einsteinian complexity, just say "gravity". Simple.

      Two suns? Optical mirage, just as the ones you might see in a desert. Such light phenomenon happens all the time: orbs, beams of light, etc. I've seen such myself, even caught several such phenomenon on camera. Very nice, but have no reason to believe they are not explainable by common sense and rational logic.

      Top secret images? If the object is so close at hand, how will authorities hide it from amateur telescopes?

      Massive campsites? Do you know how hard it is to contain information in this day and age, where one mobile phone, or USB memorystick can copy and duplicate just about any information and spread them to the masses, if it truly is important. How many thousands of people do you estimate is in on it, how do they not share it with loved ones and family?

      You've been duped my friend, or are mentally unstable. Go seek professional help instead of scaring yourself and others with bogus claims, because all your claims are clearly unsubstantiated and provably false. This coming from someone who has seen own aura with own eyes, and knows it is something "quite not physical", but not interested in scare-stories and fear. There is more to the world than science dictates us, but no need to fabricate stories.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald E. Payne

      "Niburu" collision thoroughly debunked here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nibiru_collision

      March 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • privatejone


      March 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Erin

    I must agree, leave all political and religious propaganda behind. This is not the time to push beliefs on others, it's time to get over there and help. If you want to pray for them, go ahead but dont try to preach you religion, it helps no one. Put your differences beside and do what ever you can to help, they are people whos lives have been destroyed. I plead for all people to do what they can to help, no matter how little that may be.

    March 12, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Erin

    Seriously......STOP THE FIGHTING! Who cares what you think caused it?! Its here it happened, get over what may have made it or why. Just drop what you are doing and HELP THOSE YOU CAN!

    March 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • survivor

      just curious but what have you done to help?

      March 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jer

    no one shooting from rooftops yet. humm no africans there?

    March 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo, HI

      another hater -Yawn.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jer

    no post?

    March 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. realitiactual

    this does not seem a natural cause, but rather refers to a shameful and dishonorable attack,
    a cynical and corrupt country is the United States of America (USA),
    just had to find the exact coordinates to create an earthquake of this magnitude,

    March 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN should delete alot of these comments

      There's enough devastating disasters going on in the world, you need mental help

      March 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo, HI

      Your post is a shameful and dishonorable attack- and I'm not flag waiver.
      Please stop using this suffering to spew some victims have net and are desperate for real info, at the very least compassion.
      We can all go back to fighting about god, politics, and races later if that's how you want to spend your Time.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      We have folks to help right now and a dangerous nuclear sit to deal with...When we can we'll find a nice mental ward for you, Mr. Sheen, and your nutty and violent friend Mr. Gadhafi. Sit tight till then and take your meds.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      Ah, at last they kicked off the racist comment. Well done, CNN.

      March 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lenee

      They did not kick off all of them I had to just report one. And I am very sad to see these people talking about religion. I come from a christian family and my grandfather was a pastor. He loved everyone no matter what your beliefs were. I wish he was still alive so that I could talk to him now. He would be so saddened to see what some people are saying. I am glad that my grandfather was such a wonderful man and made sure the people in our family knew that it was not right to hate everyone cause of their differences we all bleed red.

      March 13, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • ThroughKiko

      right 🙂

      March 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    The expert on TV said a melt down seems inevitable. Since it is near the ocean, it will hit the water table rather quickly. When will the radioactive steam cloud hit the west coast of the US? The mid-west? The east coast?

    March 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hilo, HI

      Thank You. Please all, do some net searching, weed thru the bs, try to get some helpful info out here.
      Like only making emergency calls after a crises to clear lines, we should be very careful how we use these spots now more than ever.

      Imagine being displaced, cold, hungry, terrified, family and home lost, then getting a signal -seeking out some life-saving info, some direction, 'Do I take my elderly mom, and start walking down broken roads and to where? or are we safer staying put for arriving rescuers?"......and instead, wasting last 10 minutes of battery weeding thru this drivel and nonsense....

      March 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • gramovone

      I heard one weather man say yesterday that it depends on when the radiation would hit the upper air current. Once it does, it would take 3 days to hit the West Coast. Eventually, it would travel around the world, dissipating as it moves.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another Comment

      There are plenty of experts on TV. I remember the Air Force General who guaranteed the "missile plume" from a few months ago off the California coast was a missile. It was not a missile but a flight from Honolulu to Phoenix. Experts are many times simply wrong. That said, there is probably already some melting of the core, but a full complete meltdown is doubtful if they are able to keep water flowing.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lairbear

    What the status of the undersea train tunnels between the two islands?
    These tunnels are 35 miles in lenght!
    Are there trapped passenger trains within and is there severe flooding?

    March 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    This devastation is dreadful. My heart goes out to the millions affected.

    Hi, phily.

    March 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz

      Ya, stops u in your tracks, doesn't it, the picture

      March 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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