Japan quake live blog: Fire erupts in fourth reactor; radiation warning issued
This is a satellite image of the Daiichi Power Plant in Japan taken at 11:04 a.m. local time, just minutes after a reported fire there.
March 14th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

Japan quake live blog: Fire erupts in fourth reactor; radiation warning issued

An 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan early Friday, triggering tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant. Are you in an affected area? Send an iReport. Read the full report on the quake, tsunami and the fears surrounding Japan's damaged nuclear reactors.

[11:22 p.m. ET Monday, 12:24 p.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The death toll in Japan from Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami has risen to 2,475, authorities said Tuesday. At least 3,118 people were missing and 1,889 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters.

[10:18 p.m. ET Monday, 11:18 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] Radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have increased to "levels that can impact human health," and anyone within a 30-kilometer radius of the plant should remain indoors, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Tuesday. Read more on the radiation concerns.

[10:12 p.m. ET Monday, 11:12 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] A fire has erupted in a fourth reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, a top adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Tuesday.

[10:07 p.m. ET Monday, 11:07 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The risk of further releases of radioactive material from a damaged nuclear power plant remains "very high," Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday.

WATCH: Prime minister warns of radiation risk

[9:43 p.m. ET Monday, 10:57 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials say pressure readings indicate some damage to the Fukushima Daiichi plant No. 2 reactor's suppression pool, a doughnut-shaped reservoir at the base of the reactor containment vessel, A blast was reported there Tuesday morning. Water continues to be injected into "pressure vessels"  to cool down radioactive material, even though workers have been evacuated to "safer locations."

[8:57 p.m. ET Monday, 9:57 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] CNNMoney.com reports that Japanese stocks continued to plummet Tuesday, falling nearly 6% in the first hour of trading, as the nation continues to cope with the aftermath of last week's earthquake. The Nikkei-225 index, the most prominent measure of Tokyo market stocks, dropped 566 points, or 5.9%, within the first 60 minutes of the session. That was on top of a 6.2% drop Monday, the first full trading day after the quake.

[8:13 p.m. ET Monday, 9:13 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The death toll in Japan from Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami has risen to 2,414, authorities said Tuesday.  At least 3,118 people were missing and 1,885 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

WATCH: Anderson Cooper on debris that's 10 feet thick

[7:47 p.m. ET Monday, 8:47 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] Yukio Edano, Japan's chief Cabinet secretary, said he could not rule out the possibility of a meltdown at all three troubled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.

While sea water was being pumped into the reactors in an effort to prevent further damage, "It cannot necessarily be called a stable situation," Edano said early Tuesday.

WATCH: News conference confirming blast

Kenneth Bergeron, a physicist who used to work at the U.S. Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, said that "the release of hydrogen and the fission products (suggests) these reactors have probably had fuel rods exposed for significant periods of time."

Edano's comments come amid news about an "explosive impact" that happened Tuesday morning at the No. 2 reactor.

Cooling has been a problem for days at reactors No. 1 and 3, because the earthquake and the tsunami damaged those reactors' cooling systems. But cooling problems at No. 2 began Monday, when a blast at the building that contains No. 3 - said to be caused by a buildup of hydrogen - damaged No. 2's cooling system.

[7:17 p.m. ET Monday, 8:17 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] More information about the new blast at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan: An "explosive impact" occurred Tuesday morning at the No. 2 reactor, a day after a hydrogen explosion rocked reactor No. 3, the plant's owner announced.

[7:09 p.m. ET Monday, 8:09 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] A blast has been heard at the site of the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

[6:44 p.m. ET Monday, 7:44 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The situation with Fukushima Daiichi's No. 2 nuclear reactor is not yet stable, though authorities have had some success in pumping in water in order to cool radioactive material inside, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said early Tuesday. He said the cooling functions at the facility's Nos. 1 and 3 nuclear reactors are serving their purpose.

Cooling problems at the No. 2 reactor on Monday allowed nuclear fuel rods to overheat and generate radioactive steam that officials will have to vent into the atmosphere. Crews thought they had the situation under control, but water levels dropped dangerously again Monday night when a buildup of steam prevented fresh seawater from entering the reactor chamber, Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported.

Workers have had trouble keeping reactors No. 1 and No. 3 cool because the earthquake and the tsunami damaged those reactors' cooling systems. But the cooling problems at No. 2 began Monday, when a blast at the building that contains No. 3 - said to be caused by a buildup of hydrogen - damaged No. 2's cooling system.

[6:39 p.m. ET Monday, 7:39 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The U.S. Geological Survey has revised the magnitude of Friday's earthquake in Japan upward to 9.0 on Monday. It had previously put the magnitude at 8.9.

The new reading means the quake is tied for fourth on the U.S. survey's list of strongest earthquakes since 1900.

[6:07 p.m. ET Monday, 7:07 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] CNN journalists on the sense of urgency rescuers are feeling to find survivors because of unfavorable weather forecasts, which called for continued temperatures barely above freezing, as well as rain and freezing precipitation that could trigger mudslides.

Continued subnormal cold also will probably strain power generation in a country already employing rolling blackouts as a conservation measure.

[5:18 p.m. ET Monday, 6:18 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] Donations to help Japan have been relatively slow to come, reaching about $12 million so far, according to an early tally by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, a newspaper covering nonprofit organizations.

That number is far below the first four-day totals of other recent natural disasters, CNNMoney reports. More than $150 million was raised toward relief within four days of the crisis in Haiti, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, donations exceeded $108 million during the crucial first four days.

"Japan is not Haiti and it's not Indonesia, it's a developed country with a GDP somewhat similar to our country. It's not what people typically think of as a country in need of wide-scale international aid," said Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy.

[4:34 p.m. p.m. ET Monday, 5:34 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] In the first full trading day following last week's quake, Japan's Nikkei 225 plunged 6.2% Monday. While other world markets were mostly lower, the decline was generally more muted.

In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 ended down less than 1%, while Germany's DAX fell 1.7% and France's CAC 40 lost 1.3%. And there were even gains in Asia - Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.4% Monday, while China's Shanghai Composite edged up 0.1%.

This news came as leading investors said that they expect, over the long term, the massive human disaster in Japan is unlikely to have a major impact on economic markets outside that Asian nation.

[2:14 p.m. p.m. ET Monday, 3:14 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The United States has sent a team of experts to assist Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, including two cooling experts.

U.S. officials are also "assembling a team of experts that would be dispatched in the near future," Greg Jaczko, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said.

Japan has asked for additional types of equipment that will help provide water and keep the reactors cool, Jaczko said.

The nuclear chief added that, based on the reactor design and nature of the accident, there is low probability of harmful radiation reaching the United Sates, including Hawaii and the U.S. territories.

[1:48 p.m. p.m. ET Monday, 2:48 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The Japanese government has formally requested the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency's assistance in responding to the situation at its nuclear power plants.

[1:25 p.m. p.m. ET Monday, 2:25 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The death toll has risen to 1,897, which doesn't account for thousands of bodies that Japan's Kyodo News reports have been found in the hard-hit Miyagi Prefecture on the northeast coast. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

At least 3,002 people were missing Monday, the National Police Agency said. Public broadcaster NHK reported that 450,000 people were living in shelters.

[12:41 p.m. p.m. ET Monday, 1:41 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] For your reference, a microsievert is an international unit measuring radiation dosage. People are typically exposed to about 1,000 microsieverts over the course of a year.

[12:05 p.m. ET Monday, 1:05 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] When Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant released steam Monday as part of the effort to solve problems at reactors, radiation levels were found to be twice the maximum levels previously detected, but the levels dropped dramatically as the material dissipated, Tokyo Electric Power Company said.

The radiation levels at the front gate of the power plant were found to be 760 microsieverts at 9:35 p.m.; 3,130 microsieverts two minutes later; and 400 microsieverts by 10:15 p.m., TEPCO said.

[11:52 a.m. ET Monday, 12:52 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] Fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi's No. 2 nuclear reactor became fully exposed again Monday night, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.  When exposed, the fuel rods emit a great deal of heat, creating the possibility of the core melting. The company said the problem occurred when a valve to release the steam was closed. The heat caused water surrounding the fuel rods to evaporate. The company said it was able to open the valve to fix the problem.

[11:42 a.m. ET Monday, 12:42 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] The official death toll, rising every few hours, reached 1,886 on Monday. But that didn't account for thousands of bodies Japan's Kyodo News said had been found in the hard-hit Miyagi prefecture on Japan's northeast coast. At least 2,369 people were missing Monday, the National Police Agency said, and the number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

[11:08 a.m. ET Monday, 12:08 a.m. Tuesday in Tokyo] Fuel rods in reactor No. 2 at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were fully exposed when a cooling pump ran out of fuel on Monday, the power company said, according to Kyodo News service. Water levels were later restored to cover 30 centimeters of the lower rods, the report said.

[10:57 a.m. ET Monday, 11:57 p.m. in Tokyo] Russia's state-owned energy giant will deliver two shipments of liquefied natural gas to Japan, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin announced Monday. Gazprom will send 100,000 tons of gas in April and the same amount again in May, he said.

[10:51 a.m. ET Monday, 11:51 p.m. in Tokyo] Japanese officials have said they are operating under the presumption that there may already be partial meltdowns at reactors No. 1 and No. 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.  Authorities have not been able to confirm a meltdown because it is too hot inside the affected reactors to check. With word Monday of a new explosion and possible meltdown in reactor No. 2 at the plant, half of its six reactors may now be seriously damaged.

[10:41 a.m. ET Monday, 11:41 p.m. in Tokyo] President Obama reiterated U.S. support for the people of Japan, whom he called "some of our closest friends and allies."

"The United States will offer any assistance we can as Japan recovers from multiple disasters," the president said.

[10:16 a.m. ET Monday, 11:16 p.m. in Tokyo] Cold weather has increased the hardship for disaster victims and rescuers. Rescuers report some victims have been exposed to cold weather and water, in some cases for days. Conditions are expected to worsen with temperatures forecast to drop below freezing by Wednesday across portions of the earthquake zone.

[8:58 a.m. ET Monday, 9:58 p.m. in Tokyo] More than 550,000 quake and tsunami evacuees were in 2,500 evacuation shelters in six prefectures on Monday, Kyodo News service reported.

[8:35 a.m. ET Monday, 9:35 p.m. in Tokyo] Tokyo Electric Power Company says a core meltdown might have occurred in the No. 2 nuclear reactor of its Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The company said a pump sending water into the reactor ran low on fuel causing the level of cooling water to drop and exposing fuel rods. Sea water has been pumped into the reactor to stabilize the situation, but the company says a release of radioactive steam my be necessary.

[8:28 a.m. ET Monday, 9:28 p.m. in Tokyo] Oil prices fell Monday as the earthquake in Japan raised concerns about the worldwide economy. The price of light crude for April delivery fell $1.53 per barrel to $99.63.

"I think it's a reaction to Japan," said Ken Wattret, economist with BNP Paribas in London. "Developments in Japan might have a disruptive affect on economic activity through out the Asia and the world."

[7:22 a.m. ET Monday, 8:22 p.m. in Tokyo] Tohoku Electric Co. says there is a fire at its Haramachi thermal plant in quake-damaged Minamisoma, Japan. The utility tells broadcaster NHK that heavy oil leaked from a tank at the facility and ignited. Smoke and flames were visible, NHK reported.

[7:04 a.m. ET Monday, 8:04 p.m. in Tokyo] Honda Motor Co. will halt output at all its Japanese factories until Sunday, Kyodo News agency reports. Honda said the move was made necessary by the need for suppliers to resume production and to comply with electricity rationing.

Toyota has halted production through Wednesday. The shutdown will affect 40,000 units, the company said. "We are placing priority on making sure that we are supporting the relief efforts in the region affected and ensuring the safety of all our employees," an official, Dion Corbett, said.

[6:14 a.m. ET Monday, 7:14 p.m. in Tokyo] Two search-and-rescue teams from the United States arrived in the coastal city of Ofunato, Japan, which was severely damaged in the quake.  It took their convoy six hours to travel from Misawa Air Base on Monday.

[5:49 a.m. ET Monday, 6:49 p.m. in Tokyo] Rolling blackouts in Japan that began on Monday are expected to last through April, Kyodo News Agency reports. The blackouts will affect 45 million people in Tokyo Electric Power's service area, according to the report.

[5:40 a.m. ET Monday, 6:40 p.m. in Tokyo] Accuweather.com reports that rain and snow are in the forecast for Senadai, Japan, and quake-hit regions on Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures are expected to be only 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) on Tuesday and 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) on Wednesday.

[5:21 a.m. ET Monday, 6:21 p.m. in Tokyo] The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan late last week has risen to 1,833, authorities said Monday. At least 2,369 people were missing and 1,898 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters. The number of dead is expected to go up as rescuers reach more hard-hit areas.

[5:20 a.m. ET Monday, 6:20 p.m. in Tokyo] Tests detected low levels of radioactivity on 17 U.S. Navy helicopter crew members when they returned to the USS Ronald Reagan after conducting disaster relief missions in Japan, the military said Monday. No further contamination was detected after the crew members washed with soap and water, the Navy said.

[5:18 a.m. ET Monday, 6:18 p.m. in Tokyo] New Zealand has sent a rescue team of 10 from Christchurch to the hard-hit Japanese coastal city of Sendai. Christchurch is cleaning up from its own earthquake on February 21 that killed 123 people.

[4:45 a.m. ET Monday, 5:45 p.m. in Tokyo] The International Skating Union has announced that the World Figure Skating Championships scheduled for Tokyo later this month will be postponed or canceled.

The event was scheduled for March 21 to 27.

The ISU World Team Trophy scheduled for Yokohama April 14 to 17 also will not take place during that time, the ISU said.

[4:37 a.m. ET Monday, 5:37 p.m. in Tokyo] Tokyo Electric Power Co. said electricity rationing was beginning in some areas as of 5 p.m. Tokyo time Monday, Kyodo News Agency reported.

[4:15 a.m. ET Monday, 5:15 p.m. in Tokyo] Japanese stocks were hammered Monday, with the leading Japanese stock index finishing more than 6% lower in investor reaction to last week's massive earthquake, CNNMoney reports.

The Nikkei-225 index ended down 634 points, or 6.2%, to 9,620. The index finished near its lows for the day, having dropped more than 675 points before a small recovery.

[3:43 a.m. ET Monday, 4:43 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] The U.S. 7th Fleet has temporarily repositioned its ships and planes away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after detecting low level contamination in the air and on its planes in the area, the U.S. Navy said.

The ship was operating about 100 miles northeast of the power plant when the "airborne radioactivity" was detected, the Navy said.

[3:34 a.m. ET Monday, 4:34 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] Another nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan has lost its cooling capabilities, the country's chief Cabinet secretary said Monday.

The problem was detected in the plant's No. 2 reactor Monday afternoon, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters.

Water levels were falling and pressure was building up inside, he said, and officials were working on a plan to release pressure and also inject seawater into that reactor.

Workers have been scrambling to cool down fuel rods at two other reactors at the plant - No. 1 and No. 3 - after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami Friday knocked out the reactors' cooling systems.

There are six reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi plant, located about 65 km (40 miles) south of Sendai.

[3:25 a.m. ET Monday, 4:25 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] Another nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan has lost its cooling capabilities, Kyodo News reported Monday.

The problem was detected in the plant's No. 2 reactor Monday, Kyodo said. Public broadcaster NHK said pressure was building up inside.

[2:35 a.m. ET Monday, 3:35 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] Japan's central bank announced plans Monday to inject a record 15 trillion yen ($183 billion) into the economy to reassure global investors in the stability of Japanese financial markets and banks.

[2:13 a.m. ET Monday, 3:13 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] A massive emergency response operation is underway in northern Japan, with world governments and international aid groups coming together to bring relief to the beleaguered island nation.

Sixty-nine governments have offered to help with search and rescue, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

The Japanese government has received 11 Urban Search and Rescue teams (USAR), the group said in a situation report, including teams from the United States, South Korea, Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, China, Hungary, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

[1:36 a.m. ET Monday, 3:36 p.m. Monday in Tokyo] Despite lingering tension between the two countries, a 15-member Chinese rescue team was working Monday at an elementary school in Oofunato, a city in Japan severely damaged by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake.  The gesture comes just six months after the two countries sparred in a territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. JG Moylan

    CNN would you please correct the over simplfied schematic of the pressurized boiling water reactor – the working parts of the genrator would never be exposed to the primary/ contact coiling water of the reactor! Heat exchanges are utilized to transfer the heat to the working water system for power generation – Observered the problematic schematic on the early mornig show.....

    No wonder our children are having problems understanding fact from fiction!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • palmer

      JG, you are wrong.
      In a Boiling Water Reactor (which this is) the primary water DOES run the turbines. Look at this authoritative site: http://www.nucleartourist.com/type/bwr.htm
      While there are several designs that use secondary water to run the turbines, this is not one of them.
      Thanks for being a know-it-all

      March 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Palmer is correct that is is a Boiling Water Reactor. http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/bwrfact.htm says we have 110 reactors here in the states, and that only 35 are of the Boiling Water type. They both have their benefits and weaknesses. But BOTH use a strong containment vessel.

      March 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve

    I will say one thing.
    I hope hey can reclaim their country and put it back whole but if not. I open my arms to you to come to America. We need an infusion of hard working and intelligent people. Lord knows the other minorities in this country have done nothing except to bring it down!

    March 14, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • BlkMan

      And, Thank Goodness, those "minorities" you speak of would be the number of Rush Limbaugh / Sarah Palin uneducated, tea-party blathering fools that fill the air with the notion that America is so "exceptional" that our country doesn't really need fixing as long as the status quo remains (the wealthiest 2% having all the $$ and advantages.) So tell us "Steve", how's YOUR income, retirement plans, life insurance and mortgage doing these days? Making the same amount as Rush or Hannity?

      March 14, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • coloradocajun

      amen, BlkMan.

      March 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      Steve; in the midst of this humanitarian crisis can you spare us, just for a little while, your broad, racist generalization about minority groups?

      March 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    USS Ronald Reagan has had to move away from the reactors as 17 helicopter crew members were found to have been contaminated with radioactive dust! Radioactive dust recently inside a reactor is HOT. I wouldn't trust the statements that these leaks are minor. You INHALE radioactive particles and you have BIG PROBLEMS.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dante

    How can you people still believe in a god.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Destructure

      God has a plan. Through everything we must maintain faith in Him. We all have our own reasons. But to the believers there is no question of why we still believe. It is ironic that your alias is Dante, didn't he travel through the 9 circles of hell? Also I can believe in God because when people fail God doesn't.

      March 14, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      You will eat your words, For in the near future you will see the last words of GOD.
      I am the Messenger that carries the last word of God to Man and you shall it with your own eyes and not from my words!!!
      It will soon be displayed around the world for all man to see!!!!
      So when I release it to the world, open your eyes to truth and you will see it !!!!!!!!!!

      March 14, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Tech

      you are such a moron.

      March 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill from Norte Dame City - Indiana

      How did GOD get involved in this? Besides he is to far away an is not listening! I always thought it was Mother Nature doing these things? This spining ball is always in motion and evolving. Being pulled and tugged in all directions by internal and external forces. Sorry but mankind is not part of this pulling and tugging! Besides, just hang on and enjoy the ride and Mother Nature will provide the bumps and thrills. Besides unlike aminals Mother Nature is not and has never been predjustice againt any human, plant or any other life, she destroys everything so as to cleanse herself. As far back as I remember and before we either dropped out of trees or were formed in GOD'S image, this natural cleanizing has been going on.

      March 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mishie

      Dante! You are hear living and breathing. You came from a mother and father, who also are living and breathing. Where do you think the "breath of life" came from? Science has only proven that there is an inteligent creator! The more they explore and learn the more life smacks of design! So, if there is a creator; why is all this badness happening? That, my dear Dante, is the real question!

      March 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert rowan

      Most of the time I speak to God when I climax. Like the Gentleman above said: " there ain't no athiests in a foxhole"!

      March 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • graftedvine

      God created the world perfect, which is why He said it was good. The moment sin entered into the world it was no longer perfect and it has begun to decay. God loves everyone and wants that none should perish, but have everlasting life. For those that died in the earthquake and all that has followed, the ones that accepted Christ as Savior and trusted in Him for salvation are in heaven. For the others He weeps over His lost children. Jesus came to do what no one could, live a perfect life and give His life as a sacrifice. He has foretold of these events. He says in the book of Matthew, Mark, and Luke (as well as others) that there will be wars, rumors of wars, revolutions, earthquakes, etc. He also promises that the generation that sees the re-establishment of Isreal (which happened in 1948) would not pass before His (Jesus) coming again. It has been 63 years since Isreal became a nation. A generation is typically 70-80 years. It will only get worse, but for those who have hope in Jesus there is no fear, only an exciting hope. Do you have hope?

      March 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sigh...

      Actually graftedvine, a generation in the Bible is 40 years. That is how long the Israel wandered in the desert before entering the promised land. As well, some of the Old Testament Kings lasted a generation which was written as 40 years. It is referred to in Exodus to Joshua and 1 and 2 Kings. Please don't lie when the information is so easily found. It hurts the cause of missionaries and evangelists.

      March 15, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • graftedvine

      @ sigh- You are right that the typical generation in Bible times was 40 years old, but there are also examples of when this is not the case. Case in point Abraham was 100 when he had the son promised to him. Where I get the 70-80 years is actually in Psalms 90:10 "The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years.." The Bible doesn't say that the a new generation(s) would occur before the 2nd coming it says that the generation would not "pass away" to pass away is to die, meaning life expectancy 70-80 years.

      March 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • graftedvine

      sorry * it doesn't say that new generations wouldn't occur.

      March 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Destructure

    Its just a matter of time. Natural disasters are just the start. Just remember it can get alot worse. I just pray the people appointed to resolve the situation know what they are doing. If this is the end of days God has a plan for us. "You’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord. But you’re gonna have to serve somebody." -Bob Dylan. Who do you serve?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. hoosier daddy

    I want to see more new videos in the plants. The Navy 7th Fleet should steer clear, away from the radiation zone immediately!!

    March 14, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. DVB

    Why can't they use ships to run the pumps for the nuclear plant?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      If they want to get covered in radiation, sure why not

      March 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rose


    March 14, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Seriously. What about all the Kobe beef? 🙁

      March 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. M@!

    Surely all that radiation will awaken Godzilla! ...too soon?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    I have been told there is a chemical that can be used to stop the reactions. Why is this not being used?

    March 14, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Already been done. The USA flew in a shipment of boron for use in the reactor, didn't work.

      March 14, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      People can take iodine to minimize the effects of a little radiation exposure, but no chemicals will stop the reaction right away.

      March 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      the rate of radioactive decay isn't affected by such things as temperature or reactions with other chemicals. It occurs because the nucleus of the radioactive isotope, such as Uranium 238 contains more neutrons, than protons, making it physically unstable and thus subject to decay whereby it breaks down to another, stable form(s). This is why we have to have long term storage facilities for our radioactive waste. Only time will take care of/ cause the reduction in radioactive decay. This varies among types of isotopes and ranges from milliseconds to thousands of years. The addition of something like boron is being done to help absorb some of the tremendous heat which is released during the decay process.

      March 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas

    Charlie sheen needs to keep looking first at his babys first

    March 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert Dutton

    There has been no report on the fate of the trains. Someone mentioned it on the first day that communication had been lost with the trains, all quiet since then.

    March 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ntwo Longone

      Who cares about a couple trains, when houdreds of towns have been washed away. Our aircraft carrier was nuked!

      March 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bghead76

    cmon..really is this the time for Chad Myers to start attacking the build of the reactors or to question what were they thinking when designing it? There are far more pressing issues to deal with than to start laying foundation for finger pointing.. talking heads always want to stir up controversy!! Furthermore you (Chad Myers) are a METEOROLOGIST not an engineer to chime in on build out possibilities of the reactor.. PLEASE oh PLEASE can we stick to the important issue on how to resolve and render aid..

    March 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      Hindsight is always 20/20.

      March 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter


    March 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      under control my ass

      March 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      This did not happen. You shouldn't make things like this up.

      March 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ntwo Longone

      Boy, the truth hurts!

      March 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stanley ribet

    where are the shelters being set up?

    March 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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