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contain what is being called the second most dangerous leak in our nation's history. more military crew members are being exposed to radiation as they help with the lerelief eff. [ bell ringing ] >> smiles there, but there was a global sell-off today. the dow plunging down nearly 300 points in the opening minutes of the day as the u.s. stock market reacts to the nuclear crisis. i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" is following the latest on the nuclear emergency in japan where it is 3:00 a.m. local time. threat level is now being called a six out of seven by the french authority of nuclear safety. a watchdog group that monitors radiation safety. chernobyl, for some perspective here, was six out of serve. three mile island was rated a five. latest explosion in unit two of the fukushima plant may be the
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worst yet. international atomic energy agency says there's evidence it breached the primary containment shell. that means more radiation could be leaking from that unit. the iaea says radiation levels at site have been decreasing. people living within 20 kilometers of the plant have been evacuated and are lining up to be scanned for radiation. a no-fly zone has been established around the crippled nuclear plant for 30 kilometers. global economic fears, the stock market plummeted today because of the nuclear concerns and right now the dow, let's take a look at it, is down 178 point. it mentioned it opened down nearly 300 points earlier. today one of the biggest aftershocks to hit japan struck near tokyo. the magnitude six quake sent office workers into a panic. moments before the same area was rocked by a magnitude 5.8 tremor. msnbc's chris jansing is in
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tokyo and has an update on the nuclear crisis and search for survive ofs. >> reporter: at stricken fukushima daiichi plant, just 50 workers are left in a desperate struggle to avert nuclear catastrophe. a new explosion and fire at two of the reactors spewed high levels of radiation into the air, escalating the crisis. >> it's certainly in many regards an unprecedented accident because you have multiple reactors failing at the same time. you can't say it's over yet. >> reporter: japan's prime minister urged calm, even as residents around the crippled plant lined up for radiation tests and experts said there's a very high risk of further leakage. at the u.s. embassy in tokyo, james and his wife brought their 3-year-old and applied for passports for their 5-month-old twins. has the nuclear situation made you rethink staying in japan? >> well, depends on how the wind blows actually.
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>> reporter: literally. >> literally. if -- if the wind blows this way, then the quickest flight we can get but by then of course it's too late. >> reporter: with low levels of radiation drifting toward tokyo, french officials suggest the citizens leave the capital. austria is moves its embassy further way from the radiation. u.s. officials are telling americans living here to take guidance from the japanese. >> it's much more difficult for the u.s. embassy to contradict the japanese government because, given the close political ties. >> reporter: eight flights are starting to bring supplies to more than 500,000 people displaced by the disaster, many of them in shelters. too many still desperate for word of missing loved ones. >> translator: my daughter was washed away. i don't know what to say. i hope my daughter's still alive somewhere. >> reporter: five days after walls of water decimated town after town, hope is dwindling. 2,000 more bodies washed away in
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the tsunami have now come ashore. the local hospital turned into a morgue, only the fifth floor escaping the devastation. but then the very picture of a miracle. a man buried under the rubble all this time just rescued, alive, against the odds. >> that of course was msnbc's chris jansing. several u.s. sailers were treated today for exposure to low levels of radiation after the sailors returned to their ship from helicopter flights delivering relief supplies to northern japan. nbc news pentagon producer courtney cuby joins us live. what can you tell us about the sailors. >> after several members of a u.s. military air helicopter crew returned from ferrying relief supplies into japan today, there they were treated with potassium iodine tablet because of low levels of exposure. this comes after the "uss george
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washington" pier side today detected low levels of radiation. this prompted u.s. military officials to warn military personnel and dependents to stay inside and secure all external ventilation systems in their homes and their offices to ensure that they lower the amount of radiation that they're exposed to. u.s. military and navy officials insure us, though that this is a -- merely a precautionary measure. >> this is the second day in a row that we've reported sailors being exposed to, again, what's being called low level radiation. i certainly doesn't want to create a hysteria here, but two days in a row, that is a significant concern, i would imagine. we're having audio problems with courtney's live shot. that's our nbc news pentagon producer courtney kube. a look at health concerns
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from the leaking nuclear facility. i'm joined by the medical director of the center for comprehensive medicine in new york. thank you for joining us. let me start with the sailers. two days in a row sailors exposed to low levels of radiation, according to the report yesterday the amount of radiation those sailors are exposed to is what you should or could receive in a month from natural radiation. should this be a concern right now? >> well, this point it is a concern because we really don't have enough information to determine how much radiation people are actually being exposed to. in this case, we have people that are on the field and the government perhaps is not giving out the information they need to. >> we mentioned at the top of this hour, according to one french nuclear safety watchdog group, this threat is being called a 6 out of 7. chernobyl was said to be a 6 out of 7.
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what are the immediate health concerns? we see images of people, young and old. this baby here, in the group that is at the highest risk, i saw an interview with a woman who lived near the plant, four months pregnant. what are you looking for this this point? zbl . >> immediate signs of radiation poisoning are difficult to detect unless extremely high. an example, outside chernobyl, when that event occurred, they used a measurement called seiberts and at that point it was 350 mili sigh berts was the thresho threshold. in that were to breach, to get outside, we'd have significant problems. >> looking at 140,000 people told to seal themselves indoors. that is really sound advice? i saw they're telling people, for example, to put wet cloths in front of your doorstop to keep the air in. >> two kinds of radiation
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emitted during a nuclear event. one is called iodine 131, the other is cesium 137. iodine 131 is heavier than air. it settles to the ground. that's what's going to make the cleanup effort so difficult if it spreads, because the radiation's going to attach itself to dust and directly on to the rubble. the 137 can be inhaled, that's why you want to seal the door, make sure dust and particles don't break through. >> what about the food supply. >>? there's a rush on food in the grocery stores, in the markets. i read one of the most compelling pieces on the milk and how in chernobyl it was the cows grazing and people would drink the milk, and that was a key factor in people being exposed to radiation. >> due during the '60s this was a significant problem. people remember back during that time, above-ground nuclear tests were done, radiation was released, and it zis percentdis
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over the globe and concentrated in the milk. that's where our children are most vulnerable. >> it has certainly taken things to another level to say the least. thank you so much for your time. the economic impact. right now, the dow is down 179 points. meantime, stocks in tokyo plunged more than 10% today. and have suffered their biggest two-day loss since the market crash of october 1987. markets also nosedive in europe. cnbc's michelle caruso cabrera joins us now. people wonder why it took a few days to see the global impact in the markets. >> reporter: it had to do with the situation with the nuclear reactor there. they were watching what is happening in japan are they able to stabilize what is happening there. a couple of days ago, they said the possibility of a meltdown was remote. but the situation has gotten worse by the day and that's why
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you see in such a major selloff. the huge sell-off in japan when the prime minister went on television to warn about radiation and that's what led to the sell-off in the united states. it's gotten better. we were down 300 points. now we're down 180 points. to go down as much as japan went down, we would have lo-tto lose 1,000 points. we worry about ripple effects. >> what are the early predicts as we are about, i guess it's 2:00 a.m. around that time. 2:10 a.m. in japan. >> we have an insight into the nikkei futures which tell us that market could open lower yet again, maybe another 3%, 4%. that's an improvement. there was a moment it looked like it would open lower by 7% or 8%. that would be, you know, your glass is half-full, a slight improvement. we're watching for disruptions in supplies, when it comes to autos, semiconductors, fish, et
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cetera. they're big consumers and manufacturers and suppliers as well. >> cnbc's michelle caruso cabrera. joining me now, professor of nuclear energy at the university of illinois. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> obviously, man many of us wop hearing news the situation had gone from crisis to catastrophe, that's what some are calling it, the french authority saying this is level 6 out of 7 in their assessment. what do you make of what we witnesses with the explosion and fire? >> it's hard for us at remote location to make a real hard judgment about what's going on. the earlier assessments, though -- put this accident at level that evidently the french authorities have now, and i heard you mention earlier, for instance, chernobyl. i think in that ranking it really was 7 out of 7. so far this situation seems to be contained. there are issues with radiation
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releases, but there's nothing of the order of magnitude of what happened at chernobyl where there was no containment building, no pressure vessel. so all of the safeguards that are in place to protect the public from the materials and the reactor core weren't available in chernobyl, but they are here. >> but we know that there are at least 50 workers still trying everything possible to cool those cores, which at least from what i'm reading, could be exposed, and yesterday you had a japanese official saying that it was likely melting happening there. >> yes. i think at least the indications that we see indicate that there could have been some melting, particularly because the hydrogen release would be associated with some exposure of the fuel. whether or not it tully melted is still not clear, but at least it was uncovered or some of it was uncovered for some time. >> what are you watching for next in this? >> well, i think the major issue has been, from the begin, to
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keep the fuel and the core as cool as possible. so the real issue is to get water in and keep the core flooded and covered as much as possible. this is the best way to remove the heat. and i think the what we've seen so far is this has been the major effort on the side of the japanese. they've gone to the extend of pumping in seawater, putting boron in the seawater which helps stop reactions, potentially reactions from occurring in the future if something else happened. so this is going to be their focus of attention for some time to come. >> professor stubbens, thank you for your time and assessment. it's difficult, we are here and have to deal with information being provide by owners of that plant as well as the japanese government. thank you. >> you're welcome. coming up in the half hour, another industry taking a big hit from the earthquake in japan, automakers. several car companies, include toyota, topping production in
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welcome back, everyone, to "news nation." as we follow the latest on the nuclear crisis in japan, after a third explosion at the fukushima nuclear plant. authorities are telling people
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who live nearby to stay calm, but to seal themselves in their homes. authorities have imposed a 12-mile evacuation zone, but a fire in one of the ponds that stores spent fuel rods sent radiation directly into the atmosphere. we'll have an update for you in a few minutes. federal reserve policymakers have issued their decision on interest rates as expected, they left key interest rates unchanged. the fed signaled it will leave interest rates unchanged for the foreseeable future and said the threat from inflation remains low. major developments today in libya, where moammar gadhafi's troops recaptured the last rebel-held town. driving toward benghazi east of tripoli. secretary of state hillary clinton is in egypt to meet with the interim military leaders in wake of the ousting of president hosni mubarak. let's go live to cairo. nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell,
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host of "andrea mitchell reports." before we discuss what's happening in cairo, secretary of state clinton was in paris last night, she met with high-ranking libyan opposition leaders discussing support. we know na it seems that gadhafi's forces aren't the edge of benghazi. what's been said regarding support for the opposition forces? >> reporter: well, there's a possibility that the u.s. would supply some weapons. it could be that hillary clinton would support that. but others in the administration may not and others of the allies may not. right now it's a long way off before there will be direct support to rebels, to the libyan opposition forces. in fact, there's some concern among u.s. officials that they don't really know who the opposition leaders are, what -- how broad their representation is, how broad their support is. at the same time the conversation about the no-fly zone, the opposition leaders want help. they want help from the air, want the no-fly zone, want the u.s. and allies to start bombing
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airstrips and stopping gadhafi from attacking their strongholds, and that is not likely to happen any time soon, because secretary of state and the other allies with the exception of france and great britain, indicated that they think this should go to the united nations for deliberation and debate. that could take weeks. and there will be opposition from russia, from china, which could veto any resolution authorizing that. there's also mixed signals coming from congress, some in both parties supporting a no-fly zone, others cautioning against it, including dick lugar, leading republican on foreign policy. it would seem that the congress is going to demand some sort of war resolution before any kind of military action is taken. i don't think that the rebels will get the help, and it could be they don't get help in time they can't hold out that much long. >> andrea. we want to remind our audience to watch "andrea mitchell reports" tomorrow at 1:00 eastern time. of course on msnbc.
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andrea's interview with secretary of state hillary clinton will be aired. thank you for joining us live. to washington, d.c., jay carney at the white house daily briefing. let's listen in. >> i know you just said you're urging americans in japan to listen to local officials. we are seeing other governments, china, france, austria, to urge citizens or recommend citizens leave tokyo. does the u.s. feel it's citizens in tokyo are safe at this point. >> the assessment made by the nrc is that the actions and recommendations taken by the japanese government are the same that we would take in the situation and support and recommend to american citizens that they listen to and follow the instructs of the japanese government or local japanese officials. >> taking into account all of the possible options that could happen at this point, there's no recommendation that u.s. citizens leave tokyo at this point? >> there is not, that i'm aware
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of. i refer you to state department issues, those kind of advisories. again, i would refer you to what the nrc has just put out. >> given that the situation at this plant took the turn for the worse, does your comment yesterday, there's no threat to hawaii or the u.s., do those comments stand? >> those comments were not mine i'm not the expert. the chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission, an independent agency, charged specifically with safety regarding nuclear industry, and he the chairman made clear, he believes, based on his analysis and the nrc's analysis, there is no threat posed by -- >> he said highly unlikely. >> i have language precisely what he said. you aren't going to have any radio logical material that by the time it travels those large distances could present any risk to the american public. that's a quote from yesterday.
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so, you know, i will defer to him as he is the expert on this. >> as far as you know that comment stands. >> i think the nrc has put out additional information today. but on that issue, yes. patricia? >> on bahrain, the -- yesterday you said this saudi troops are not in invasion but does the u.s. welcome them there? and are you -- do you think it will help stabilize the kingdom? are you worried it could inflame tensions and have an affect on oil prices? >> first of all, the gcc troops were obviously invited by the bahraini government. however, we have made clear that we believe that there is no military solution to the unrest in bahrain or in other countries in the region. we urge the parties involved -- >> we are listening to the white
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dealing with near-freezing temperatures and little food, water or heat. almost 500,000 people are living in temporary shelters. weather experts are advising the international atomic energy agency saying winds were r. blowing towards tokyo and over the pacific ocean. u.s. energy secretary steven chu says americans should not be concerned about their health. heather tesh joins me with where the wins are going at this point. where is your focus? from all accounts, at least today, the wind is helping, if you will. >> you know it really is. as you look here, they have shifted, the winds, out of the north-northwest. with that, what you're finding is that that is actually going to push any of that radiation away from japan and out over the open water. we're going to see a little bit of a shift again as we go through time. but still, as they come out of
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the west, you're still going to notice that's going push it away. also going to usher in cole arctic air, coming out of siberia, working its way into japan and with that, we are going to find temperatures as we go into the overnight hours dropping below freezing. and you know, we are going to see some areas during the daytime on wednesday, picking up some snow. what you're going to find also as we go through the nighttime hours, temperatures dipping below freezing in many of these areas around some of the nuclear plants. so that's the important situation. a lot of people there without heat, without electricity and anyone trapped in the rubble doesn't have protection from that cold. >> you have so many people, especially on the west coast, asking or wonder gg thing if th could be in harm's way. you wonder if the winds could carry this radiation that, according to scientists, it's
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supposed to dissipate, but could the west coast be affected? >> you know, the west coast doesn't need to worry about this because that's going to dissipate long before it ever gets to the west coast. i think it was chernobyl that kind of spewed it out about a fraction, 1/7 of the distance that we are from japan. so it's going to be traveling so far to get to the u.s. that by then everything will be completely dissipated. it not something folks here in the u.s. need to worry about. >> thank you very much. the impact of the disaster in japan is spreading. it's expected to be felt in higher prices or shortages, consumer electronics, like apple's ipad and other tablets, smartphones and computers for months to come. that is because japan is a dominance microchip manufacturer. accounts for 40% of the memory chips and 20% of the world's semiconductor production. plants in japan have been closed since friday's quake. it's uncertain when they could be open.
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automakers halted virtually all production. phil lebeau joins us from chicago to take a look at impact. one of the big names in this, toyota. but you've got nissan, subaru. >> reporter: you were talking about electronics and semiconductors and the impact this earthquake has had on the industry over there that's tied into the automakers there, halting production. so much of what toyota, nissan, hon honda, what they build, it's not final assembly, it's the components and subparts that come from those plants north of tokyo and in some cases, the automakers have not been able to reach the supplies are. so they're not sure if they're going to have plants that are functioning that can supply them with components needed for a specific model. that's the impact we're seeing for automakers. in some case there's are specific models only built in japan, prius is a good example. questions of how much of a supply of the prius when toyota
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gets production up and running and 75% of the lexus models sold in the country come from japan. that's the focus at this point. when will we see production return to some semblance of normality in japan. insensitive joke about the crisis in japan has led insurance company aflac to fire the man who lends the voice to the aflac duck, the mascot. the insurance company fired gilbert good freed after he tweeted a joke one day after the disaster. he compared his breakup with a girlfriend to the bodies of japanese victims floating in tsunami waters. aflac said, quote, there's no place but compassion and concern. droves of people heading online in search of more information about the disaster, including firsthand accounts from survivors, incredible video and pictures, and how in fact to help those in need. joined by dara brown.
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incredible numbers when you look at how many people went online from friday until even today looking for just anything and everything, it seems. >> information is out there and bri we had record breaking numbers, double, more than our highest day, about 39 million viewers were on. and what they've been clicking on, actually starts with the first videos that we got in from japan, it was this video of the waves coming over sendai. people still clicking on this. the site is up to 85 million streams when it comes to video on our site. and if you go to our front page here, there are many places here where you can reach out and do resent if you want. you have our cover story, photos, one of our websites to click on and it's keeping up to date with tweets and what's happening. moving on to the nuclear crisis that is facing us in japan. a page on how to help. >> seeing a also of traffic on that page? >> a lot of traffic. people donating to the red
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cross. you can text as well. it's multimedia facets coming together. we have this blog. we have the photo blog. >> what are people look for in the photo blog? >> what we find most people are looking for, one, up-to-date information about what is going on, because now it's really a global situation. what they're also looking at are the devastating images of what actually happened in sendai and in that area of northeastern japan and these videos, they're just -- playing over and over again. and it's all of the updated quake, the firsthand account, we have a lot of videos of people sending in their videos of what's going on. you see the cars rolling over, people scattering as waves come up on shore. and those videos are what people are watching them, sharing them, putting them on facebook. >> is that part of the world blog? what is the word blog? >> the world blog is where people are showing their -- sharing stories. doing sort of firsthand accounts about what's going on.
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we have had survivor stories, traveler stories, people stranded at airports. firsthand accounts of people who have been stuck in the waves and the people that they have lost as they tried to save them and recounting moments. >> you are doing a great job at we appreciate you coming on and showing us the top things people are searching for in the catastrophe in japan. we are getting a clearer picture of the financial toll that massive quake is taking here in the united states. in california, at least $50 million in damages reported after tsunami waves battered several points along the state's coast. those waves also made landfall in hawaii costing tens of millions of dollars in damages to private businesses and residential property. initial estimates put the damage in that state as high as $300 million. in new numbers on the likelihood of a quake hitting california painting a grim picture for the golden state.
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the forecast says there's a 99.7% chance that a magnitude 6.7 earthquake will strike southern california in the next 30 years. and there's a 46% chance of a magnitude 7.5 quake hitting southern california over the next three decades. for comparison, hundreds of times smaller than japan's quake. i'm joined by john rundle, geology professor. thank you for joining us. what do you make? break the numbers down, 99.7% chance, magnitude 6.7 in the next 30 years. >> that was a study done using historic data. in our group we do a different kind of forecasting. we come up with 10% of the magnitude 7 earthquake within 150 miles of one of the four cities, sacramento, los angeles, san francisco, or san diego, within the next 12 months. so i guess you would say our numbers are higher than those numbers you quoted.
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>> wow. you know when we look at what's happened obviously in japan, people factor in what happened in christchurch new zealand, you know, you're a professor, but we ask common questions at the dinner table and you wonder, is it all connected, the ring of fire, how it all go into some analysis that we believe has some accuracy. >> so the question of accuracy is an interesting one. in our forecasting what we do is actively back test. what we do is we make a probability model essentially. we use data from the online size mystic catalogs and test it against historic data. we go back in time and say if we were in 1995 how accurately would the model forecast to the future and we do that routinely. other people in this game may or may not do that. it depends on the individuals. >> it's interesting. i read an article regarding geology and seismology and it's still being in an infancy as far
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as what it can offer us and the direction i guess it can take us in being prepared. >> well, that's right. i mean, preparation involves engineering, seismic retrofitting, being conscious of earthquakes, being careful having food, water, so forth around for 70 hours because you're going to be on your own. we have this -- we publish a calculations on forecasting on and what you can do is fine information on how to prepare as well as what your personal risk might be to your house and other situations. we like to provide information to the public that is valuable and useful. >> when people ask you, professor, will california see the big one, what's your reply? nonscientific but conversational, what is your reply? >> the answer is, yes, we'll see a big one. it's been 150 years since the hayward earthquake in 1958 and it's been 160 years since the last earthquake on the plain. we're about due to earthquakes
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on both segments of these major faults. >> it's great to have your knowledge to tap into. professor, we appreciate your time today. for all of the latest updates on the breaking story, logon to, find stories from survivors recalling the terror when the quake and tsunami struck. the house is about to vote on a resolution to avoid a government shutdown. several republicans promise to take a stand and vote against it. a live report from capitol hilli ♪ [ male announcer ] every day thousands of people are switching from tylenol to advil. take action. take advil. save on advil with our special coupon in select newspapers on march 27th.
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nuclear crisis in japan and at a time like this, when the thoughts of many turn to matters of faith, ahead, a controversial pastor who is turning the idea of hell upside down, making a lot of enemy as long the way. we continue to follow the nuclear crisis in japan. the government is warning people within 20 miles of the fukushima nuclear plant to stay indoors and try to make their homes as air tight as possible. u.s. officials say there is evidence that the latest explosion there breached the containment walls of one of the reactors which means radiation could be leaking. developing now on capitol hill, the house is getting ready to vote on a budget bill that would continue funding the government by just another three weeks. while it is expected to pass, a growing number of gop congressmen have vowed to oppose it, saying they are fed up with short-term measures. joining me now, nbc us in capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. they're saying, some republicans, enough is enough. what's the latest?
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>> reporter: good afternoon. there is frustration among the conservative republicans who say they want to see this done for the rest of the year and while that's a checkive sentiment, there are many republicans starting to break away from the party, just a number to get noticed. some of it is from the tea party side of things saying they want to really show that the cuts need to be particularly deep. now from democrats, we're hearing a different kind of frustration, saying they want to see greater focus on jobs and they think some of the cuts that have been put forward are just simply too difficult, too painful, and affect the most vulnerable. they're looking for a way to kick the can down the road three more weeks with a lot of pressure coming to bear on the white house and capitol hill, to come up with a plan that will fund the government for the remain dr remain der of the fiscal year. john boehner spoke to the issue of some republicans being frustrated by what's on the table. >> listen, i understand some of our members want to do more.
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but what is it in this bill that they disagree with? nothing. nothing. and so we'll see when we get to the floor today. but i'm confident that this bill will pass. >> reporter: so the speaker is confident that even if you lose some of his members that it will still go forward. democrats are saying they probably expect it will pass, too, but are trying to make a big statement. there's also more pressure coming from the speak somewhere republicans to the white house saying that the president needs to be more involved saying they want to negotiate but republican leadership feels they've been negotiating with themselves. that's the sort of sentiment we're seeing here. it's another one of the markers where people are making political points, as well as trying to accomplish something that needs to get done with that clock ticking down toward friday, when this current sort of till that's paying the bills will run out. >> kelly o'donnell, live on capitol hill, thanks. coming up -- cameras capture the rush of watt that stormed ashore as the
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join the "news nation," e-mail me at, tweet me at or facebook, hall. "news nation" every day, trying to send out a picture through twitter. look for our pick of the day from behind the scenes. you never know what you might see. the terrifying images coming out of quake-ravaged japan are burned into the memory of everyone who is watching. certainly thanks to the constant flood of viral videos and online documenting the disaster as it unfolds. nbc's michelle kosinski has the latest images. >> reporter: what strikes you over and over again is how quickly. within seconds that force swells and just a splash in the street,
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a torrent, more terrifying thank imagined. from a broad wave crashing at its barriers to a runaway freight train of dark water, as much violence, if not more. clips on the internet, shot by amateur photographers, also show the earthquake as it happened. at the airport, the shaking starts slowly, people stop, and becomes much more intense. soon after, in another town of myako the tsunami rolls in as a massive black wave swallowing the seawall and everything with it. nearby, a cell phone captures this. almost reaching the person who somehow remains steady. farther south in, the crushing power in moments roaring into town. finally, blasting through the
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streets like a water fall, without boundaries. the place itself becomes part of it. mangled, uprooted, a watery wasteland. you see it up close, that rush growing and growing until the person holding the camera also has to run to higher ground. just watching, hearing, the strange, new landscape dissolving below. above it, many are stranded and here barely enough distance from the town of minamisanriku you see the muddy wave march in and just overtake it, all of it. the town that was. >> that was nbc's michelle kosinski reporting. that does it for this edition of "news nation." i'm tamron hall. catch "news nation" every weekday 2:00 p.m. eastern.
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good afternoon. it's tuesday, march 15th, and here's what's happening. three, two, one, a third explosion in a nuclear power plant sends shockwaves around the world. >> fears of a large-scale nuclear crisis. >> it's at least as bad as three mile island. >> crisis has taken a turn for the worst. >> this is a dramatic escalation. >> each day assurances the situation is at hand, each day another explosion. another sign of catastrophe meldown may be just around the corner. full coverage of the worst nuclear disaster this century begins now. at this hour, thousands of people living in japan are on lockdown, warned to close all doors and


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