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March 17th, 2011
06:43 AM ET

Nuclear clean-up: Comparing Fukushima Daiichi and Three Mile Island

Workers in Japan are risking their health to clean up the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant by cooling the nuclear reactors. Many Americans clearly remember the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island– so how does the current crisis in Japan compare?

Lake Barrett is a Nuclear Engineer and is familiar with containing nuclear crises, having served as Site Director of Three Mile Island accident. Barrett talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the challenges of containing radiation leaks and compares the current situation with the 1979 accident in the U.S.

Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake
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
March 16th, 2011
06:59 AM ET

Are concerns over radiation in the U.S. valid?

As workers were evacuated from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan due to spiking radiation levels, some Americans are becoming concerned over whether the radiation could travel to the United States.

Dr. James Thrall, Radiologist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital, talks to Kiran Chetry about the hazards of the radiation in Japan and also speaks to whether there is any possible radiation threat in the U.S.

Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake
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
March 15th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Is California due for a massive earthquake?

Simon Winchester is the author of Newsweek's most recent cover story, "The Scariest Earthquake is Yet to Come". In it, Winchester says the West Coast of the U.S. is next in line for a massive quake.

Winchester, a journalist and geologist, talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the disaster in Japan and his Newsweek story.

Filed under: Japan Earthquake • Science • U.S.
March 15th, 2011
08:48 AM ET

American finds higher ground, films tsunami

Brian Barnes was in the coastal town of Otsuchi, Japan when the earthquake and tsunami struck. He had just enough time to get to safety, and to film the disaster.

Barnes returned to the U.S. Monday night and tells Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about his experience.

Filed under: Japan Earthquake
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