March 18th, 2011
01:54 PM ET

Backstory: Covering the crisis in Japan

Throughout this week, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and CNN Medical Senior Producer Danielle Dellorto have been in Japan, taking a hard look at the devastation and destruction caused by the 9.0 earthquake last week, the resulting tsunami, and the unfolding nuclear crisis.

But, as Sanjay and Danielle tell us, simply getting to these affected areas has been incredibly difficult for reporters and rescue crews alike.

Once CNN crews were able to make it to the disaster zone, regular aftershocks, and the constant threat of repeat tsunamis plagued their efforts to report on the story, and the efforts of rescue crews trying to help local citizens.

Reporting in Japan: Nuclear fears, aftershocks

CNN crews were able to move to Tokyo, where life is somewhat returning to normal.  For those unable to leave the hardest hit areas, shelters and hospitals are their only lifelines.  Sanjay and Danielle share their insights about the current state of the healthcare system in Japan.

To see more of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's reporting from Japan, be sure to tune into "Anderson Cooper 360," weeknights at 10 ET, and a special edition of "Sanjay Gupta M.D.," Saturday and Sunday,  7:30 a.m. ET.

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    I understand that it's been hard for reporters and rescue crews to get through to some areas. However, has CNN been able to truly find out 'why' supplies have not been able to get through to many of the schools/shelters? Considering all of the physical assistance via US Military being provided, are we not able to do 'drops'? What's the current status on supplies? I really want to know; and to see supplies getting through for these poor people!

    March 19, 2011 at 18:09 | Report abuse | Reply
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    On top of all that, Mount Fuji may explode any day. It seems a sheer miracle we are still standing. Thank God for another new day on Planet Earth.

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