In addition to the tragic loss of life, crops, infrastructure, and entire towns all together, the tsunami that resulted from the quake is threatening Japan’s oil refineries and nuclear power plants.
Japan has told the U.N. nuclear watchhdog that a heightened state of alert has been declared at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after Friday’s major earthquake, the Vienna-based agency said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said it had also been informed that the plant had been shut down and that no release of radiation had been detected.
Japanese media reported separately that a leak was possible at the plant north of Tokyo as water levels fall, and that some 2,000 residents had been told to evacuate the area.
My thoughts (as well as the thoughts of all of us here at Eco-Snobbery Sucks) are with the millions of people in the Pacific Rim and their loved ones around the world.
Check out some of the staggering videos of the earthquake’s tsunami coming out of Japan:
Massive Whirlpool After Japan Earthquake Tsunami
Tsunami Comes Ashore in Japan
Tsunami Engulfs Japanese Port City
Oil Refinery Inferno After Japan Earthquake
Also check out Gizmodo’s ongoing collection of cell phone pics and video from people on the ground in Japan and other regions affected by the tsunami.