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March 12, 2011

Earthquake summary for teachers in Japan

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Update: Tokyo Electric Power Co. is warning of potential power outages today in the 9 prefectures it supplies and is asking customers to reduce electricity consumption. Best to ensure you have torches, batteries and ability to keep warm. The following areas are supplied by TEPCO:

Tokyo • Kanagawa • Tochigi • Chiba • Saitama • Gunma • Ibaraki • Yamanashi • Shizuoka

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A huge 8.9 earthquake, thousands of times more powerful than the one that hit Christchurch, struck Japan yesterday creating devastating 30ft tsunamis. The earthquake seriously rocked Tokyo and left millions stranded without a way home, but has caused most damage in northern Japan in the Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima area where the death toll is now feared to be in the thousands with more suffering injuries. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed.

The quake happened at 2.46pm local time (5.46am GMT), about six miles below sea level and 78 miles off the east coast of Japan. The shock was felt as far away as Beijing.

UPDATE: A state of emergency has been declared at 2 nuclear power plants in Fukushima after the earthquake and tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated amid fears of radioactive leaks.

UPDATE: There are reports that one of the reactors has gone into meltdown. See this Wikipedia article for a description of what this means.

Many teachers from the area have checked in using Facebook to say they are alright but it has been difficult to contact many in the worst-affected areas.

See Also:
• Donation information from Charity Navigator

Excellent and accessible live feed in English from Al-Jazeera English for those without access to English-language TV.

• NHK goes live (in Japanese) on Ustream.

• Daily Telegraph live updates:

• Google Person Finder for this earthquake.

• Contact List of Embassies in Japan

• Good information about shelters and emergency numbers and updates from Time Out's Japan correspondent

• Another good source of updates about the earthquake -- gakuranman.com

• Tokyo JR train information - seems to be experiencing server problems.

• What to do in an earthquake? Tokyo International Communication Committee

• General advice from FEMA
During an earthquake
After an earthquake

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