Mar. 15, 2011 8:18 (JST) (Kyodo): AT&T, Verizon offer free int'l calling, text messages to Japan - AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless Inc. said Monday they have started offering free international calling and texting to Japan from the United States as part of support efforts following last week's tragic earthquake and tsunami. Retroactively to Friday, when the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, AT&T wireless postpaid customers will not be charged for international calls and text messages to Japan through March 31 and Verizon will offer similar free services through April 10. AT&T's free offer includes calls from U.S. landlines for up to 60 minutes.
Tues. Mar. 15, 2011 8:05 (JST): Still ok here in Tokyo, in spite of the 3-hr rolling blackouts, limited food, H20, & fuel, and a very meager train schedule. But being the eternal optimist, I hope we'll all be back to some semblance of normalcy within a week. My many students & friends still have relatives missing in the earthquake and tsunami-hit regions, especially the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (map). Pls. remember them in your prayers. Also, please consider giving a few coins to all the suffering people at one of the donation links toward the bottom of this page. Thanks again for all your heartfelt wishes...
Mar. 14, 2011 20:42 (JST): Japan Economy 'to rebound' after short-term pain - Friday's earthquake and tsunami have left parts of Japan's economy "frozen", but analysts forecast that it will bounce back later this year. Some of the country's leading producers, including the world's biggest carmaker, Toyota, have closed all of their plants in the country. More...
Mar. 14, 2011 14:10 (JST): Some 2,000 bodies found on coasts of earthquake and tsunami-hit Miyagi - As Japan continues to struggle to grasp the full extent of the disaster, these findings will significantly increase the death toll from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, with police having so far confirmed 1,647 deaths and 1,720 people missing across the affected areas in northeastern and eastern Japan. (Source: Kyodo News)
Mar. 14, 2011 10:02 (JST): Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits off the coast in Ibaraki Prefecture - For the first time since 11:35 pm Sat., an Intensity 5 (M6.2) earthquake has been reported about 150 km (93 mi.) NE of Tokyo. No tsunami warnings have been issued.
Source: Weathernews, Inc.
Mar. 13, 2011 21:40 (JST): Confirmed deaths top 1,500 - More than 1,500 people are confirmed dead from the devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit northeastern Japan on Friday. Miyagi Prefecture has confirmed 643 deaths in Higashi-matsushima, Kesen-numa and Sendai cities. In Arahama, Wakabayashi ward in Sendai city, 200 to 300 bodies were discovered on the beaches. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 13, 2011: Japan Travel Alert - The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the situation in Japan in the aftermath of the powerful magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan on March 11. U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Japan at this time.
Mar. 14, 2011 8:10 (JST): Rolling Power Outages - Starting today (Mon.), the Tokyo area is under a new three-hour rolling blackout plan, which I understand may last for at least a month. My particular area has been told to expect power outages for three hours each day, not consecutively, during the hours of 9:20-13:00 & 18:20-22:00. As long as I have power, I'll try to continue posting here. Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers.
Mar. 13, 2011 18:53 (JST): Man saved at sea 3 days after tsunami - Japan's Defense Ministry says one of its naval vessels rescued a man swept away by tsunami waves off Fukushima Prefecture. The Maritime Self-Defense Force's destroyer Chokai rescued the man on Sunday, three days after the tsunami, while searching for survivors about 15 kilometers off Futaba Town. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Source: Sky News
Mar. 13, 2011 18:54 (JST): Planned outages considered - Japan's trade and industry minister has proposed planned power outages to deal with severe electricity shortages as major power companies struggle to cope with the aftermath of Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. Trade and industry minister Banri Kaieda, at an emergency news conference on Sunday, asked the industrial sector to reduce power consumption as much as possible during operations and for heating. He also requested that Japanese citizens limit their electricity use to only what is necessary. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 13, 2011 16:35 (JST): Evacuation advised for 80,000 near nuclear plants - Fukushima prefectural government says on Sunday 70,000 to 80,000 people living near the Fukushima No.1 and No.2 Nuclear Plants are subject to an evacuation advisory. They live in 10 cities and towns near the nuclear plants including Minamisouma-city, Tamura-city, and 8 towns. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 13, 2011 11:58 (JST): Over 10,000 unaccounted for in northeast Japan - In Friday's major earthquake and tsunami, 689 people have been confirmed dead in eastern Japan. The death toll will exceed 1,000, as hundreds of bodies are still unidentified in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. On top of that, more than 10,000 people in several prefectures have not been in contact with anyone. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 13, 2011 12:35 (JST): Live TBS news feed (in Japanese) - http://www.youtube.com/user/tbsnewsi#main-channel-content
Mar. 13, 2011 11:25 (JST): Aftershock update - As of 11:25 am Sun. Mar. 13, since the BIG one on Fri. 3/11 at 2:46 pm, there have been 10 additional earthquakes of Intensity 5 or greater (books fall off shelves and furniture moves) and 53 additional earthquakes of Intensity 4 or greater (hanging objects swing considerably and dishes in a cupboard rattle). For a map of locations & intensities of the latest earthquakes, click here. Although it's in Japanese, you can easily figure it out...just click on the date and then the time.
Mar. 13, 2011 02:00 (JST): All 6 units of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have been shut down - The Unit 1 Reactor has been shut down. However, the unit is under inspection due to the explosive sound and white smoke that was confirmed after the big earthquake occurred at 3:36PM. We have been injecting sea water and boric acid which absorbs neutron into the reactor core. More...
Mar. 13, 2011 07:09 (JST): False claims circulating by e-mail - In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, chain e-mails and misinformation are circulating on the Internet. E-mails warn that a massive fire at an oil refinery in Chiba triggered by the earthquake and tsunami could contaminate rainfall with toxic substances. They advise people to use umbrellas and raincoats for protection. The oil company that operates the refinery says that what the message suggests is not true. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 13, 2011 06:56 (JST): Earthquake and tsunami victims stranded at over 30 locations - NHK has learned that as of 11 PM on Saturday people remain isolated at more than 30 locations in northeastern Japan after Friday's huge earthquake and tsunami. In Miyagi Prefecture, people are stranded in many, mainly coastal, places. In Minamisanriku Town, more than 2,100 people are isolated. About 800 residents are stranded at a gymnasium while around 170 people are at a welfare facility for the elderly. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 13, 2011 06:56 (JST): US Navy to join MSDF in search for missing - US Navy ships, including an aircraft carrier, will join vessels from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force in the search for the missing off the coast of Japan's earthquake and tsunami-hit northeast. Following the earthquake and tsunami, the MSDF sent 25 ships to waters off the region. The vessels are looking for those who may have been swept into the sea by tsunami waves triggered by the temblor. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 22:06 pm (JST): Cablevision, AT&T U-verse, Verizon's FiOS Offer TV Japan Feed - With Japanese Americans, tourists and others eager for news from the earthquake and tsunami-devastated country, Cablevision said Friday it would make the Japanese-language TV Japan channel available to digital cable service customers at no charge, joining other operators taking the channel up on its offer of an open feed during the crisis. (Source: broadcastingcable.com)
Mar. 12, 2011 20:14 (JST): Evacuation area expanded to 20km radius - The prefectural government of Fukushima has expanded the evacuation area around Fukushima Number 1 Power Station from an earlier established 10-kilometer radius to a 20-kilometer radius. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 18:08 (JST): Explosion heard at earthquake-hit reactor - The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency is trying to confirm a report that an explosion occurred at a nuclear power station in earthquake and tsunami-hit Fukushima Prefecture. ... The power station operator Tokyo Electric Power Company told the agency that 4 people were injured. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 16:28 (JST): Death toll may exceed 1000 - Almost 600 people have been confirmed dead in Friday's earthquake and tsunami that severely hit wide areas of northeastern Japan. An additional 400 to 500 bodies found in Miyagi Prefecture are likely to bring the death toll to more than 1,000. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 15:26 (JST): Uranium fuel may be melting at reactor - The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says 2 radioactive substances, cesium and radioactive iodine, have been detected near the Number One reactor at the Fukushima Number One nuclear power station. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 ~14:00 (JST): This afternoon's grocery store shopping near my home
Mar. 12, 2011 11:09 (JST): Fires reported in 206 locations after earthquake and tsunami - Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency says fires have been reported in 206 locations in 12 prefectures following Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. Miyagi Prefecture is hard-hit by fire in many locations. In Kesennuma City, fires are continuing in 2 areas facing the bay. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 10:36 (JST): Medical teams treating injured in earthquake and tsunami-hit areas - The health ministry says medical teams from hospitals and other facilities across Japan are treating the injured in earthquake and tsunami-stricken areas in the eastern part of the country. As of 5 AM on Saturday, a total of 52 medical groups consisting of 3 to 5 doctors and nurses are working in Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Ibaraki prefectures. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 09:07 (JST): More than 442 believed dead in Japan earthquake and tsunami - The scale of the death and destruction following the Japan earthquake and tsunami is growing worse by the hour. 256 people have been confirmed dead and at least 200 others are believed to be dead. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 07:54 (JST): Strong earthquake in Nagano - A strong earthquake jolted the prefectures of Nagano and Nigata in central Japan on Saturday. Tremors with intensities of 6-plus on the Japanese scale of 0 to 7 were registered in northern Nagano at around 3:59AM local time. Jolts with intensities of 6-minus were recorded in Nigata prefecture. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 07:28 (JST): Evacuation advisory expansion - The Japanese government has expanded the evacuation area around a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture because of a radiation leak. It increased the radius to ten-kilometers from three. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 06:35 (JST): Tokyo trains to resume service a day after earthquake - A large part of the train network in Metropolitan Tokyo is expected to resume service on Saturday, after a massive earthquake on Friday brought the system to a standstill. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Mar. 12, 2011 04:27 (JST): Many take shelter in Tokyo - The earthquake caused train service to be suspended across Tokyo. Many people had to seek shelter in various facilities, including schools, community halls and sports centers. (Source: nhk.or.jp)
Initial TV news coverage of Mar. 11, 2011 BIG Japan tsunami
BBC News - Japan hit by tsunami after massive earthquake
Mar. 11, 2011,2:46 PM, Magnitude 8.8 Japan Earthquake &
Tsunami Location & Intensities
(Japan seismic intensity scale is from 0 to 7)
(Click here for locations & intensities of latest earthquakes)
Update: As of 11:25 am Sun. Mar. 13, since the BIG one yesterday at 2:46 pm, there have been 10 additional earthquakes of Intensity 5 or greater (books fall off shelves and furniture moves) and 53 additional earthquakes of Intensity 4 or greater (hanging objects swing considerably and dishes in a cupboard rattle).
The Japan earthquake epicenter was about 100 mi. (160 km) east
of Sendai, which is about 200 mi. (320 km) NNE of Tokyo
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