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March 15th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

Walsh: Situation at Japan nuclear plant deteriorating

After a another blast at the Fukushima nuclear plant Monday, the Japanese government is working to cool the reactor and contain potential danger. International Security Analyst and CNN Contributor Jim Walsh says the workers at the plant are putting their lives on the line to contain the radiation and might even pay the ultimate price.

Walsh talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the risks associated with the problems at the nuclear plant and the possibility of containing the potential hazards.

Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake • Security • World
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  1. Marc

    Water balloons might be a useful tool to drop from a helicopter. I know at first blush it sounds crazy...but the wind won't have a severe impact on the drop...and perhaps balloons could also carry endothermic coupounds which would react with each other upon impact?

    March 18, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  2. Kirsten

    Why are you using Jim Walsh to comment on nuclear reactor problems when he has degrees in political science and philosophy? He knows nothing about spent fuel rods, radiation levels, or how long it takes a reactor to cool! Hire a physicist for sakes!

    March 17, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  3. Jane

    Jim is wonderful!! I looooooooooove him!! Don't ever take him off.
    He tells it straight and one of the reasons I continue to go back.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  4. Michael

    Please find another expert besides this Jim Walsh. Did you dig him up at Fox? He is a little too intense and sensationalistic for an already intense situation. He is always emphasizing and re-stating the absolute worst-case scenario, and spending a lot of time exploring and speculating about things that don't seem to happen. For instance, he was going on an on about how bad things would be if the Japanese authorities simply walked away from the situation when they pulled back their people when the radiation first became bad. Really? Did he think that they would just walk away and leave things? Saying "WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN, WE JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON, THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT WON'T TELL US WHAT IS HAPPENING" over and over again is not really helpful or revealing or insightful. There have been other experts on other programs, and on Anderson Cooper, that are much less loudmouthed and actually have relevant information to share, rather than just seeding panic in a loud voice. At least, tell him to dial it back several notches. We know it is serious. We get it.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  5. dennis Engle

    When Dry Ice changes from a solid to a gas it absorbs heat and expands to over 800 times its original volume.

    Dry Ice will replace oxygen in a container preventing or putting out fires. It is used to safely remove underground gas storage tanks.

    Can you drop Dry Ice onto the Rod Water to help it to keep it cool???

    March 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  6. janmon

    Philip is correct in his opinion that the IAEA should now take over. Japan's utility has surpassed their ability to manage this crisis. The IAEA should be allowed to monitor when it has reached a level 2. They should take over completely at a level 3.
    This is whats best for the entire International community.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  7. Dr. Mize

    Oh! The video of the two dogs you showed broke my heart! There are definitely more than just human victims. I do wish the dogs could have stayed together, but given the situation, I am just grateful that they were tended to. With so much human suffering, it would be awfully easy for people to forget the dogs; I'm glad the story has a happy "next step." (I can't say "ending" because their story isn't over). I know Kieran has a Boston Terrier and has a soft spot for dogs' I have three Boston Terrier "grand-dogs" and I adore them. Thanks again for that dear story of one dog taking care of another!

    March 16, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  8. Michael Kaynard

    You talk about over-reaction about the nuclear problems in Japan. Yet, you have Jim Walsh, International Security Expert, on to give his opinion. Many of the things he says make sense but his constant state of agitation is over-blown.

    I think he can deliver the same message in a much calmer fashion. When someone comes on CNN every couple of hours and appears to be running around saying "the sky is falling" . It just fans fear.

    We should take a lesson from the Japanese. They remain calm and deal with the problem.

    The media is on 24/7 with continuous loops of the same information over and over. I think it is extremely important that we have the right people providing us information instead of Mr. Chicken Little Walsh.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  9. Matt

    Jim Walsh is sensationalizing these events when millions of people are in danger.

    What's more important? The population in the midst of disaster, or Jim's showboating?

    Extremely insensitive, poor taste and above all, shameful.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  10. Philip vastopoulos

    I was the Radiation Safety Officer for 10 years at a class 2 nuclear facility (cobalt-60 irradiation facility). I was also responsible for training employees, clients and regulatory individuals around the world in radiation safety with regards to these facilities.
    I believe Jim is correct, the IAEA has to take more of a leadership role in this crisis as the the events have surpassed the ability of the utility to cope with this. The IAEA has to explain the situation to the public and put a crisis management team in place to deal with the hourly changing crisis.
    By being transparent and providing leadership in this most important time of crisis, the IAEA would show the we are responsible enough to use this type of technology.

    It is unfair to put the burden on 50 workers. This crisis has global ramifications and can set back the nuclear industry for decades. What we need right now, what the Japanese people need right now are clear answers and the IAEA is the only international body that can provide them.

    With Regards

    March 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  11. Cathy

    Please loose this Jim Walsh character. We don't need a Nancy Grace screaming at us as he determines what is happening on the other side of the world when he has no more information than anyone else. This situation is bad enough without the extra drama..use your reporters that are on the scene..they are doing a great job.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm |