Sun March 13, 2011
The Two-Way

In Japan, Blackouts And Shortages Follow Quake, Tsunami

Sunday, Prime Minister Naoto Kan went on television to say that Japan is facing its largest crisis since World War II. He urged each of Japan's citizens to show resolve as they rebuild the country together.

Here's a quick rundown of conditions being reported in Japan, as it struggles to cope with the after-effects of a powerful earthquake and tsunami:

  • More than 450,000 people have evacuated areas of northeastern Japan.
  • Food and gas shortages are being widely reported.
  • The overall death toll may exceed 10,000. (NHK)
  • At least 1.4 million households have had no water since the quake. (AP)
  • Northern Japan's forecast calls for lows in the 30s, highs in 40s and 50s.
  • Rolling blackouts will ration electricity; 3-hour outages planned. (Kyodo News)
  • Around 2 million households lack electricity (AP).
  • Tokyo Electric says the outages will last until the end of April (Kyodo News)
  • Officials have lifted all tsunami warnings for Japan (NHK)

Japan has deployed tens of thousands of relief and defense personnel, to try to locate and aid people displaced by the quake and tsunami. Help from dozens of countries, including the United States, France, and Russia, is on its way as well.

Update at 10:58 a.m. ET: International Relief Effort.

The USS Ronald Reagan carrier group has delivered humanitarian supplies and is now supporting Japanese search-and-rescue helicopters, reports Stars and Stripes.

And Reuters reports that "even the poor southern Afghan city of Kandahar announced it was donating $50,000 to the "brothers and sisters" of Japan.

The AP also reports on a rescue made at sea:

the Defense Ministry said a military vessel on Sunday rescued a 60-year-old man floating off the coast of Fukushima on the roof of his house after being swept away in the tsunami. He was in good condition.

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