At a press conference moments ago, Prime Minister Naoto Kan told Japanese citizens and companies to conserve electricity. He said the government approved measures for the Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, to implement its “scheduled plans” to shut off electricity in certain areas. There will be scheduled power outages in Japan tomorrow for up to three hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Kan noted this was the worst crisis since WW II.
He appealed for people to stay calm. “Please cooperate with the government’s decisions and help each other at this critical moment. I believe the Japanese people will overcome this crisis,” he said.
According to Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, Fukushima’s No. 1 nuclear plant — No.3 chamber — has been stabilized.
In addition, he said food deliveries to earthquake victims was not going well because highways and streets were destroyed in costal areas. The government is considering alternatives.
The tsunami warning was lifted just minutes ago throughout Japan.
Rescue teams from overseas have arrived:
US 7th Navy fleet along with Japanese Self Defense Forces launched helicopters delivering food.
The official death count is over 2,000 with more than 20,000 missing
Central Seismological officials have revised the size of the Kantou-Tohoku Daishinsai (The Great Earthquake) from 8.8 to 9.0 on the Richter Scale.
Since 1900, there have been four earthquakes that were over 9 on the Richter Scale.
1952 Sakhalin Island earthquake, 9.0
1960 Chile earthquake, 9.5
1964 Alaska earth quake, 9.2
2004 Indonesia earthquake, 9.1
Naoto Takeuchi, chief of Miyagi Prefecture Police Department moments ago said, “In Miyagi prefecture, the death total will be more than 10,000 for sure. We have more than 300 unidentified bodies.”
At the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, it was announce moments ago by Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, that at 2:22 p.m there were increased levels of radiation spreading in the air. Officials believe that hydrogen is accumulating in the building, which is causing the problem. Furthermore, there is now a possibility of another explosion. Edano said, “it won’t break the chamber.” He appealed for calm.
In Miyagi prefecture, the Onagawa nuclear power plant, which has 3 nuclear reactors, is having problems. Nuclear officials found high levels of radiation spreading in the air. They are investigating the cause. However, the temperatures of the reactors are rising.
A man that was swept away by the first tsunami was miraculously found 15 km from shore by the Japanese Maritime patrol boat. Hiromitsu Shinkawa ,63, was drifting in the ocean after being pulled away by the tsunami.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, will limit the supply of electricity to the Tohoku and Kantou regions by tomorrow because of the power plants (2 nuclear and 5 thermal power generation plants) were shut down. The plants normally provide about 41 million kilo watts of power during the day, but it is estimated they can currently only provide 31 million kilo watts.
According to Takashi Yokota, of Japan’s Meteorological Department, there is a probability of 70 percent that another earthquake will hit Honshu’s East Coast, 500 km length and 200 km width, within the next three days. It will measure about 7 on the Richter scale.
The Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant released higher than normal levels of radiation at 9:01 a.m. today and the government issued a new warning. However, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano, a few moments ago, said the levels of exposure is not hazardous to one’s health. Prime Minister Naoto Kan appealed for people to remain calm. The government is offering free checkups for the people who were evacuated.
In Miyagi Prefecture
- More than 10,000 people are still missing
- 390,000 have been evacuated
- 2,100 were isolated or stranded
- Banks are open today. However, many customers don’t have their bank cards (tsuuchou cards). If they can verify their identities they can receive up to 100,000 yen.
In Higashi Matsushima City
- A tanker was stranded on the ground and many ships capsized and Matsushima Airport was submerged
- The tsunami warning is still in affect along the cost from Kantou to Touhoku
- The official name for the earthquake is “Touhoku-Kanto Dai-Shinnsa” or, “The Touhoku-Kanto Great Earthquake.”
- The government will increase its self-defense soldiers from 50,000 to 100,000
- The death total was estimated to be more than 500. However, there are not many communication lines working, so it maybe more.
- Dogs and aid from Korea have arrived and heading toward the earthquake areas.
- The US Navy 7th fleet carrier has arrived with air support.
- About 40 dogs and aid has left Germany for Japan.
- England and France are currently preparing to send aid to Japan.
- The Russian government will export natural gas and energy.
- All the major highways bound north are still closed, except for emergency vehicles.
- The bullet train to the north are not running as well.
- The Tsunami alert has been lowered.