Hello again dear readers. I hope to update daily with news about what’s going on over in Japan right now.

Get your English news at NHK World and JIB TV.

There are a lot of fake rumors going around about silly things like “Disney Land was destroyed!” in which it wasn’t. And no, tons of people weren’t trapped there. No, Satoshi Taijiri (the creator of Pokemon) is NOT dead, and Nintendo was NOT destroyed. Pretty much all of everyone’s “precious” J-idols are safe, since most of them are located in Tokyo…and Tokyo remains unharmed, though the tip of Tokyo Tower is slightly bent.

You can see it here

So, Tokyo is just fine. But Northeastern Japan, the Tohoku region, has been devastated.

The 8.8 earthquake that hit Miyagi prefecture has been upgraded to a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.

You can see before-and-after images here.

There are still feeling many aftershocks, magnitude 5.0 and over, being felt in the region, however the tsunami advisories have been lifted.

As of this post, over 1,500 people are confirmed dead. The estimated death toll is expected to reach over 10,000 people in Miyagi prefecture alone.

There is no current estimate on the amount of damage and death.

The powerplant in Fukushima is still experiencing cooling system porblems, but they are working on it constantly, trying to cool down the fuel rods. They’ve released gas to relieve the pressure so the containers don’t explode, however the outer building of reactor 1 did explode due to the build up of hydrogen gas inside from the fuel rods partially melting, but the fuel container remains in-tact.

Reactor 3 is also experiencing a build up of hydrogen gas like reactor 1, and it’s possible the outer building could explode as well. But, steps are being taken to try to get the situation under control, cooling the fuel rods by submerging them with sea water, and expelling steam so it doesn’t explode. The steam and gas has raised radiation levels around the area, however it has been evacuated. Those who were exposed to radiation are being de-contaminated, and taken care of.

Repair teams will be replacing the motors that originally pumped water into the containers overnight, which were damaged in the earthquake and tsunami’s.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has announced they will have to employ planned power outages in Tokyo, shutting down power for a time, cycling through the different areas of the region, in order to conserve power since the 2 nuclear power plants and 5 thermal plants have ceased operations.

Click here for a list of charities within America that you can donate to in order to help Japan.


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