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March 16th, 2011
07:42 AM ET

Jim Walsh: IAEA should be more proactive in Japan

Concerns about leaking radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi continue Wednesday after radiation levels spiked and a containment vessel ruptured. After being evacuated due to the heightened radiation, 50 workers in Japan are back at the plant trying to manage the radiation leaks.

But, many are asking why the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) isn't on the ground helping the Japan workers who are single-handedly trying to contain dangers at the plant.

CNN Contributor and International Security Analyst Jim Walsh talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the nuclear concerns in Japan. He says the situation in Japan is "turning into an international issue".

Japan is reporting that more workers have been added to the nuclear plant in Japan. Jim Walsh weighs in.

Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake • World
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. why not

    Instead of dropping water on these nuclear plants from helicopters and shooting them with water cannons, just drop a long hook shaped pvc pipe (or fire proof pipe) on top of building. Connect pipe with fire hoses and pump in the water. A perpendicular piece could be attached at hook to allow entire building to be sprayed.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  2. Joanna Laslo

    obviously because of Leindenfrost effect it would also require a slush of luguid – rather than pure water or salt water

    March 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  3. raj

    Since reactor 3 and 4 are no longer useful..
    Why cant someone insert some ceramic or glass into the nuclear fuel rods area so that it can bond with the uranium and other elements chemically and form a compound . Also if it is a molten glass or some liquidus product ( and not water), there is less likely for it to evaporate and give off the steam vapors that is causing the radioactive plume.
    Isn't the DOe doing research on disposing of the nuclear waste. I am sure there are smart enough scientist that should be able to tell us what to use to bond with the uranium..

    March 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  4. Joanna Laslo

    only solution I can see.......on reactor 3 specifically, but should work for all: use liguid nitrogen, need to partially cap the containment area, but does not need to be, nor can be precise, or tight....gas would need to be slight at first and increase at slight increments to avoid same result as a frozen turkey in hot grease.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Michael Minor

    Hi Jim,

    Please forward to appropriate officials.

    My solutions need to be considered.

    1. The use of the sewer pipes already in the area to get sea water closer to the area is possible.

    2. Pump water so it backfills up the lines.

    3. As pools form on the surface lower pumps that have generators by helicopter that have nozzles that can be remotely controlled to spray the hazard.

    4. A man made tsunami can be created to deliver water to the area by dropping huge bombs in the bay and sand bagging the area to contain the water. This will create more pools to draw upon.


    Michael R. Minor

    March 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Richard

    CNN – can you get a clear response as to why robots can't do the job of the 50 or so engineers working on the radioactive site? I thought Japan was advanced in robotics? The limitations of humans to apply water shouldn't even be a factor in resolving the problem.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  7. Richard Lee

    Ask Jim Walsh what need to be done and what is the issue to stop the leak. I just keep listening him complaining this is not right, that is not right. then what is right way from this EXPERT?

    US has more BS talkers who claims as expert and witout any answer nor solution. sad.

    as other news mentioned, We also have 23 location that has same set up. Why not ask Jim how to check those safety to help USA?

    March 17, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  8. Atlanta Viewer

    Over the past four days, I've gone from disliking to hating this guy, for he's become a combination of a breaking down and too comfortable on camera.

    Besides sounding like Homer Simpson with a bad rug, he along with Anderson Cooper are aiding in creating international histeria simply because authorities are too busy handling the crises and not catering to the media.

    Therefore, CNN is repeating itself over and over for the past three days and are now attacking the Japanese, not to mention the IAEA, and by tomorrow, my guess, Secretary of State Hillery Clinton, and it's because no one is providing the media information.

    We know what's happening. It's terrible, so shut up and get this moron off the air.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  9. Tina Gonzales

    WHAT happens in the worst case scenario if ALL towers completely blow or meltdown?

    March 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  10. richard boos

    Mr walse with all do respect the dropping of water on the reactors in japan is like spitting on a bon fire .. i like your style but with all do respect please tell the people the truth that /this is going to become worse than the incident in Russia
    I worked at a nuclear power plant in Cali- @ S.O.N.G.S san onofre plant and this is a MELT DOWN! please tell the people !! R.Boos

    March 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  11. Glenn Remler

    I finished watching Jim Walsh this morning on CNN which he's 100% correct. This is the Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico all over again. Why after the first explosion has the international community step in and take over this situation? They have 50 people trying to resolve, which their should be several hundred of the world's leading nuclear experts resolving this immediate issue. This can be an international catastrophe where the world can get radiation. I hope the worlds experts step in today!

    March 16, 2011 at 8:43 am |