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March 23rd, 2011
07:24 AM ET

Black smoke rising from reactor 3 at Daiichi nuclear plant

Black smoke is rising from reactor 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and dangerous levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in tap water in Japan.

Lake Barrett is a nuclear engineer who oversaw the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's response to the Three Mile Island accident. Barrett talks to American Morning about the developing nuclear situation in Japan.

Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake • World
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. whudso

    Nuclear disaster,unbelievable shambles.
    The government each time they say have situation under control there is a further explosion or fire.
    Each time the say there is no contamination it is 100 times worse
    They cannot run a diesel generator.
    They cannot run a diesel pump
    They cannot keep there diesel fuel clean (when was it last checked)
    They have no effective emergency plan or backup.
    No engineering or management of overheating, overpressurising, build up of H2 or a safe venting system.
    EDF and Alstom will say they will learn lessons and will wave some words and some papers at us and kid us that everything is fine, when they know they are hopeless.

    March 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  2. morris wise

    Fear of radiation poisoning in Japan can start a mass emigration to nations with a safer environment. International high tech companies are already recruiting frightened Japanese scientists for bargain prices. But they have to pass a radiation level test before they are hired, nobody wants a nuclear contaminated employee.

    March 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  3. Bixbyte

    Containment building exploded twice.
    The nuclear reactor core has clearly breached and spewing out radiation.
    While the officials are all telling the public to remain calm.
    Eventually, this radiation will circle the entire world.
    Since, TEPCO admitted they used nuclear rods that contain Plutonium and there is a high potential for Neutron radiation release.
    The public should be extremely concerned.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  4. concerned citizen

    Stop using NRC personnel as your sole source for characterizing nuclear accidents. The NRC is essentially the lobbying arm of the industry which thanks to the oh so inflated subsidy levels is a multi billion dollar industry. If you are going to consult such people bring in opposing views so as to provide some balance and journalism. We are counting on you to do your job just as the world is hanging in the balance as the walking dead nuclear reactors are called upon to plug the dam that has little hope at the six failing reactors.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  5. madame curie

    what utter rubbish. Look at what BBC has to say on the same issue, such as the fact that workers have been pulled from working at reactor three. Do you all own stock in General Electric? I know Americans are ignorant but please don't add to the problem. False reporting is just that FALSE.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:41 am |