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March 15th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Japan radiation: Who could be at risk?

Damage to nuclear reactors in Japan has caused radiation leaks. How harmful could the radioactive material be to the surrounding areas? And, might the U.S. be threatened by the radioactive material?

David Brenner is the Director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University. He talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about any potential risks facing Americans.


Filed under: Health • Japan Earthquake • U.S.
March 15th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

American survives quake, walks 20 hours to find girlfriend

Zack Branham is a 24 year-old American who was in Japan teaching English when the quake struck.

Branham made it through the quake but had no idea if his girlfriend, who was at a coastal town four miles away, also survived. Determined to locate her, Branham traveled by foot for 20 hours through impassable roads until he finally found his girlfriend.

Branham talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about his experience.


Filed under: Japan Earthquake • U.S.
March 15th, 2011
07:08 AM ET

Red Cross Spokesperson in Japan: 'It really is a scene from hell'

Japan's coastal town of Otsuchi was one of the hardest hit by the quake and tsunami. The rescue and relief effort is underway there, as officials believe more than half the town's population of 19,000 could be buried under rubble.

Patrick Fuller, the International Red Cross' designated spokesperson in Japan, speaks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about what he's seeing on the ground in Japan.


Filed under: Japan Earthquake • World
March 15th, 2011
07:04 AM ET

Third blast rocks Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

(CNN) Spent fuel rods containing radioactive material may have burned in Tuesday's fire at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant - causing a spike in radiation levels, the plant's owner said.

The blaze started Tuesday morning but was later extinguished, Tokyo Electric Power Company said. It was unclear how much radioactive material may have been emitted, or what kind of health threat that could pose.

Glenn Sjoden, Nuclear Engineering Professor at Georgia Tech University, talks to Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans about the potential effects of the blasts.


Filed under: Haiti • Japan Earthquake • Security
March 14th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Rep. Markey calls for moratorium on new U.S. nuclear plants

In the wake of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) is calling for a moratorium on new nuclear facilities in the United States.

American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks to Rep. Markey about the disaster in Japan and nuclear plans in the U.S.


Filed under: Japan Earthquake • Security • U.S. • World
March 14th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Japan officials work to cool reactor after overnight explosion

Officials in Japan are working to contain any potential dangers after an explosion occurred overnight at a nuclear facility.

CNN Contributor and International Security Analyst Jim Walsh talks to Christine Romans on American Morning.


Filed under: Japan Earthquake • World
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